It's been pissing down rain most of the day, which is nice for a change. I
got to Uni, got out of the car and flicked my compact umbrella, like I
usually do, to extend it and the business end of the umbrella promptly flew
off, and I was left holding the handle and half the stem.
Note to self: don't flick the umbrella to extend it.
After reassembling the umbrella, it then wouldn't (for what seemed to be
unrelated reasons) actually stay up, so I was forced the commence the long walk
forcibly keeping the umbrella from folding up. Got a few funny looks and a
rather tired arm. I caved in a bought a new cheap and nasty umbrella rather
identical to the current one from the University newsagent.
Today was the dreaded Financial Instruments and Risk Management (a.k.a.
FINM2002) optional mid-semester exam. I pondered whether or not to opt to
sit it a fair bit. It was worth 20% if you sat it, and made the final exam
worth 50% instead of 70%. Since the subject is all about risk management and
diversification, I figured it was better to diversify by chances of failing
by distributing it across as much assessment as possible, so I sat the test.
I was quite apprehensive about the exam, because overall, I haven't felt
that I've been understanding the material terribly well. I spent most of the
morning in the library doing some last minute cramming. I think it paid off,
and I think the exam was reasonably easy. Time will tell. I was totally
stumped on three related questions regarding swaps, but I knew I'd have
issue with swaps before I went into the exam, because I was having problems
when I revised them. I think I should be able to muster a pass.
So that leaves me with a maths exam on Friday and that
assignment due next Monday, a COMP1110 mid-semester next week, and then a
small breathing space (i.e. the mid-semester break) in which to do at least
two more assignments (possibly three). Man, I don't remember the workload
being like this last semester. Mind you, I only have one mid-semester exam
last semester, so that'll have a lot to do with it.