I’ve just enjoyed the final supper prior to completing Part II of the Natural Sciences Tripos, and a wave of nostalgia has appeared from nowhere. I’ve now returned to the UL to finish the final revision session before the final exam. I won’t miss the revision, as it’s pretty tedious, but tonight marks the end of an era.
My splendid revision companion AJ (who’s next to me revising for his Part II Chemistry – although right now he seems to be spending most of his time looking out of the window), also finishes his exams tomorrow morning.
I remember that it was with him, back in Easter Term of Part IA that we first ventured, as nervous freshers, into this venerable institution (established at some point around the 1270s judging by the dates on the “Major Benefactors” board in the entrance hall, although nobody really knows).
We instantly fell in love with this place, and revised here for the whole of Part IA, Part IB, and now Part II. However, AJ is graduating with his BA this year, to go off and do banking (or some nonsense related to finance at any rate), and so, once the bell tolls at 21:45 to close the Reading Room, it will be time to say “So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight” to our revision sessions together. I don’t know how many hundreds of hours we’ve spent revising in here, but it’s been a genuine pleasure. I couldn’t have done it without you!