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Fifteen Hours Till Comps Begin

Ave, LJ. Morituri te salutant!

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jelazakazone
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
I forget what the proper response in Latin is, but I can say "In bocca al lupo":) (You are supposed to say "Crepi":))!

frenchpony
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
"In bocca al lupo" --> Into the wolf's mouth?

"Crepi" --> Oh, crap!
jelazakazone
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
You got the first part right. The second translates to "may he die!"
frenchpony
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ah.

I like my version better.
jelazakazone
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Heh, whatever works for you and keeps your sense of humor up, I say:)
gwynhyffar
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Good luck with Comps!!!
frenchpony
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Now, now. You're going to be fine. I know my saying that probably doesn't help, but it's true nonetheless. I've seen lots of doctoral students sit lots of comp exams. They're all hysterical but when they're of the kind of quality you are, they do fine, hysteria or no. Think of this as a chance to show what you know. It probably sounds weird, but enjoy it if you can. YOu'll never know this much again.
frenchpony
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Everything that is covered by my Cubs cap agrees with you. It's just that word hasn't gotten down to my stomach yet. I just keep telling myself, I've been in grad school for three years, I have a master's degree, these are exams that professors want you to pass. . . I hope the word gets down to my stomach before, oh, 8:30 tomorrow morning or so.

Think of this as a chance to show what you know. It probably sounds weird, but enjoy it if you can. YOu'll never know this much again.

Wow. That's exactly what our professors told us, many moons ago, when they were telling us how to study. It must be true, then.
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
That saying must be in the professor book. I keep it on the shelf next to my mom book that has sayings like "Does it have your name on it?" and "If Jonathan jumped off a cliff, would you do it?"

I don't have a smidgen of doubt you'll do well, and I'll bet all your professors think the same thing.
frenchpony
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
I keep it on the shelf next to my mom book that has sayings like "Does it have your name on it?" and "If Jonathan jumped off a cliff, would you do it?"

This one?

Thanks for the vote of confidence! This time next week, it'll be all over.

It's okay that I didn't study much tonight, right? I figured, anything I tried to put in my head would just dribble out my ears anyway.
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
There are different kinds of comps. I never studied for mine, just did the reading I was supposed to do over the previous year. I was passed with distinction. :-)
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
But let me also say that distinction is a sign you put in too much time and effort. This is a credentialling process, not proof of your worth as a human being. All you have to do is pass.
frenchpony
Sep. 11th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
All I gotta do is pass. . . I'll keep remembering that. Remind me on Friday afternoon, though?
meckinock
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Sleep well!
frenchpony
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm going to try to go to bed nice and early.
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 11th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
Good luck today, FP.
frenchpony
Sep. 11th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! Ethno Subject Essays, here I come.
dot_o_choillmor
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm a little late but best of luck, FP! I'll be cheering you on from afar.
frenchpony
Sep. 11th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The Ethno Essays are done, woo-hoo! Tomorrow, it's Historical Essays. I should go back to the library and bone up, I guess.
elliska
Sep. 12th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm late too...congrats on having one down. The rest is downhill. Relax so you can do your best and you will do great!
frenchpony
Sep. 12th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
I hope so. Tomorrow is Historical Essays (1800 - Present). Scuttlebutt is that we won't get asked about anything after 1945, because Ye Olde 19th-Century Historian had full charge of writing the test. I hope he asks at least a little on the 1920s and 1930s, because that's where I'm strongest because that's where I actually care.
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