Saturday, 9 January 2016

Update on my zemi papers (Almost done!)

I don't think I've talked about my zemi paper much (I only found one other blog post), but rest assured that I am, in fact, studying. In fact, because I have two zemis, I have two papers! The two have never really collided, but then...

All good things come to an end.

Currently, my two zemi papers are due on the 11th and 12th, and I have an exam and an essay due on the 13th. Let's just say that I've started becoming friends with the concept of "徹夜” (pulling an all-nighter), though I do tend to give up after midnight.

Anyway, this week has been stressful. One zemi paper has been the regular "What is our conclusion? This is not a conclusion? I disagree with your conclusion?" sort of stress, which I don't really mind. I do have pretty awesome teammates after all.

The other paper, on the hand, gave me no end of grief. I try to be nice, but it's hard to do so when you're doing majority of the paper. If you're Nic, or some other of my (un)lucky friends, you would have been subject to long, long video calls where I ramble on and on about how stress I am because I have to do everything by myself and can't even get a hold of my project partner.

I've basically been covering for him the entire paper, but with two papers plus an essay plus a test, it became impossible. So I caved and went to the teacher, and the long story short is, my teacher didn't think it was fair (although the too busy part is totally my fault), so this paper is mine, and my partner has to do another paper. I do feel bad, but if I didn't say anything, I think both our grades would have been at risk (and if I fail this class, I lose the MEXT scholarship - scholars, please be aware that we are not allowed to repeat a year. Be very, very careful that you hit all requirements to move up a year on time).

Ok, I've probably dawdled here long enough. I want to more or less finish my third essay by today (thankfully, I can write it in English, though it has to handwritten. Only three pages though).

I cannot wait for the next week to be over! But yay for Monday being a holiday, so I can stay in and study and all that.

And under "things I found in my supermarket" - sweet potatoes that you cook in a microwave oven! And I can confirm that they are really sweet! Tiny too.

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