With just under two weeks of school left I’ve reached the half way mark in regards to my finals. As of today I only have one exam left and 4 papers to write (3 of which are 3-4 pages and the other is a 10 pager). So I’m very excited to be almost done. This last week hasn’t been all that rough but at the same time hasn’t been a breeze. I took my final exam for my Food and Culture class, and I’m pretty sure I aced it (was the first person done). I also had to turn in my final paper for that class which was a 7 page report on the Hamburger and its position as an American Icon. At the end of this post I’ll put up some need hamburger facts, so when you’re done reading this you at least come away with something (or you can skip all text below this particular sentence and go straight to the facts, the choice is yours). Anyways, I spent a few days finishing that off.
However the big thing this week was my Shakespeare final! To be quite honest after writing a research paper for that class (and having to cut it from 11 pages to 8) I kind of ran out of steam for the class. I spent a lot of effort trying to craft that paper that the notion of doing a final never crossed my mind until I was done with the paper.
Anyways the final was on Thursday and I think I did fairly well. I spent the previous night studying with my friend into the wee hours (130ish I believe) and refreshed my mind on the content in the morning before heading to class. Half the test if responding to quotes and figuring out their significance and this is where I felt I did the best. I was in a grove when writing down my responses, I feel like I nailed most of them and even started going in a little deeper and did some name dropping (Nietzsche, Freud, Alan Bloom, and I even referenced my own paper). I made sure to use up as much time as I needed and I finished right at the end and of course as students often do after a test I met up with a bunch of the people in class to discuss how each other did.
The funny thing about this was that I found out a few of my classmates used/referenced my Nietzschean interpretation of one of the quotes from Othello. This just goes to show you how important and cool it is to have a discussion oriented course and the importance of different points of view on the play. Every student has a shot of saying what they think the play means and backs it up with their own claim/argument. That and I like spreading my love of Nietzsche. So just like that I’m done with Shakespeare for the semester ( I plan on going back to the paper I wrote for this class and put it back to its original length and expand it because I thought it was a good topic/idea and hopefully I can use it as my writing sample for graduate school).
Anyways here are some Hamburger facts:
• The average American eats about 3 hamburgers a week
• There are over 225 thousand McDonalds across 115 different countries
• Last year McDonalds’s revenue was about 27.01 billion dollars
• The original name for McDonalds was “Airdome”
• White Castle was the first burger franchise opened around 1921
• Burgers account for 40% of all sandwiches sold
• 65 % of all burgers eaten are away from home.