It’s not too late

It’s that time of the year again.

Yes, exams.

I’m quite sure that everyone is rather stressed for the exams and I understand for I feel the same way too.

The moment April arrived, my stress levels soared. At first, I just managed it by studying harder, because through studying, I felt productive. However, by mid-April, studying harder was only making me more stressed. The reason for this is because the more I studied, the more I realized that I didn’t understand a lot of things. This really frustrated me and it also made me feel like I was not prepared for the exams at all. I tried studying harder but it only made things worse because there was a feeling of impending doom that was crushing me.

Hence, I decided to take a few days off and eat good healthy food. So far that has really helped.

I do realize that it is very close to the exams, but it’s not the exams yet, so I still have some time left and I’ll use that time to do my best.

The fear of failing is still there, and there will always be this fear that my best may not be enough. But I decided to push that all aside. I decided that I will be optimistic about this. I will do my best and we’ll see what happens from there.

I can do this and I will do this.

I managed last year and so, I can also manage this year.

True, University of London programmes aren’t easy, but then again, anything that matters will never come easy.

I can only promise my best and that is exactly what I hope to do.

So here is to all of us who will be taking the exams soon. You can do this! All will be well in the end!!


Carmen is studying the BSc Economics and Management at a recognised centre in Malaysia.

12 Responses to It’s not too late

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you. Reading this made me feel better! All the best for our exams!

  2. Nusrah says:

    Aah! Thank you for the motivational post! Wishing you all the best with your courses! 🙂 May the force be with us!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I fell like I could have written this myself. I’m going through the same schedule leading towards impending doom. It’s nice to know I’m not alone! A day off sounds good.

  4. MA says:

    Perfectly apropos. Echoed my exam process completely. Healthy food is really important, especially for those who tend to “eat” their feelings.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Me too feel the stress even I have already prepared in advance for this exam. Few tips I would like to share with you all, which I have been practicing :

    – eating lots of fruits and drinking juice
    – doing exercises in between your study breaks
    – at least 15 min break or having a nap for 20 min after every 2 hours of study

    No matter what, let hope and do the best for finals. Fighting

  6. EG. says:


  7. Audrey Johnson says:

    I totally appreciate your article.However, i’ll complete your quote” All will be well in the end. If it’s Not well, it’s Not THE END” Good luck to all you beautiful people out there.
    Audrey J- Jamaica

  8. Veronica says:

    Ah Susannah… are indeed the empathic colleague. You could not have indentified with my feelings more. Everytime I voice my concerns to my family, they keep spurring me on. Am happy for that motivational article!!! Cheers!!! Let’s do this. Our best is what matters!!!! Go UoL students!!! Make it happen!!! 🙂

  9. Shaliza says:

    Thank you so much for the motivation. This is exactly how I feel but I’m staying positive and true to form. Exam time is always such a stressful time because we worry too much. Remember, weave been preparing for this for months now and we can do it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you; I also feel much better after reading your article. I agree we should take a break in between. All the best to all of us.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you my dear, I have sore nose when I saw your motivational penguin, and I know I am not alone….

    You are right, “anything that matters will never come easy”!

  12. JF says:

    May i know in which local institution you are currently studying in order to get the degree from university of london?

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