Every term has its few last busy weeks, when final papers have to be handed-in. This semester is no exception to the rule experienced during the five previous terms of my undergraduate studies. Let’s make a checklist of upcoming assignments:
- a « small » final exam (with a crib sheet to be typed): scheduled on Tuesday
- a research paper based on review of scholar articles: to be submitted on Wednesday
- an entire book to be read: to be subject to a pop quiz on Wednesday
- a (group) research paper based on the statistical analysis of our survey: to be submitted in about a week
- a problem set: to be submitted in about a week
- and, as usual, required readings and reading answers
Then, I will not take a walk this busy weekend, although the weather is forecast to be sunnier and warmier. Does the Nervous November Breakdown have a twin-brother during early Spring?
Indeed, McGill University has a mini-break, due to the observance of Passover/Easter. Note that unlike French education institutions, McGill’s academic calendar indicates both Jewish and Christian festivals: Montreal is secularized, but there is a broad tolerance vis-à-vis religious observances.
We have no class on Friday March 29th and Monday April 1st. Beyond that, most services are closed, such as food courts; and libraries have reduced opening hours during this long weekend (10:00-18:00… more and less usual opening hours in France).
For seven months I have been used to study in libraries only (even if I need to stay on campus during evenings), and to rest at home. I think that it is a fair work-leisure balance: each task has its own location, and a clear differentation makes both activities more enjoyable. Obviously, during this weekend I will have to go back to French habits (i.e. review and write my papers at home); how could I support my return to France?
Then, what happened during this week?
Among current affairs, you must notice that the Panda-monium.
Er Shun and Da Mao are two young giant pandas. They landed in Toronto Monday and are lent to Canada by the Chinese government.
During this 10-year lease, Er Shun and Da Mao will stay in Toronto Zoo during the five first years, before moving to Calgary.
Some columnists claim that they are « Harper’s pandas »; others are waiting for the birth of a panda cub. All in all, Er Shun and Da Mao are put in quarantine until May, then visitors will be able to meet them.
What a shame! I was in Toronto three weeks ago, and I will probably not be able to come back to Toronto!
PW – The Migratory Martlet