Finals began this week and my first was Calculus 3 at 8am. I had been studying nonstop since Saturday and woke up at 4am this morning to get some more studying in. However the final was brutal; it was more intense than anything I have ever experienced. The professor said the practice final was supposed to be very similar to 80% of the actual final... lies. Lots of problems came out of no where, we were asked to parametrize shapes I've never heard of with boundaries more complicated than the actual surface. I feel cheated. I have done moderately well on previous exams in Calc 3 compared to the rest of the class and need a 45/100 to pass with a C (or 60ish/100 for a B). If there is not a decent curve, even the 45 seems difficult to attain. However, after speaking with fellow classmates afterwards it sounds like I was not the only one that found the exam difficult, so hopefully there will be a nice curve. Tomorrow brings a Physics final my way but a good, long nap lies between studying for that. ;-)
... sorry for the rare, non-tech related post but I had to get that off my chest.
I have been considering making a tech holiday gift guide, so if you have any suggestions let me know and it might end up on the list.