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MIT student blogger Shannon M. '12

‘Twas the Night before Finals by Shannon M. '12

Likely the highlight of my literary career. And some words of advice to EA.

My apologies to Clement Clark Moore.

‘Twas the night before finals, and all through the ‘tute,
You would think that the students had all become mute.
The freshmen were nestled all snug at their desks,
While hoping for at least one 5 AM rest;
And I with my physics, roommates with their chem,
Had just settled down for some quick SHM,
When out on the ‘net there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my Mac to see what was the matter.
“I’m going to fail physics!” I saw one frosh yell.
“Is torque in or out? There’s just no way to tell!”
The seniors all clammered, “There’s no need to stress,
You’re on pass/no record, and it’s just one test!”
Was what I replied, adding my two cents, too.)
Though after a bit, that commotion died down,
And I went back to physics and tried not to drown.
But if you’re like me, your attention span’s shot,
So I went to the kitchen to make something hot.
Well, it turns out our suite had some Chinese around,
And MIT moral code says to free food I’m bound,
So armed with some chicken, to work I returned,
But facebook then beckoned (you think I’d have learned…)
‘Bout two hours later, my status updated,
My procrastination seemed slightly abated.
So I went back to physics- attempt number three!
And this brings us to now, about 1:23.
My review sheet is awesome, my psets are read,
My exams are all studied, and I am in bed.
In just a few hours, fiziks will be done,
And I will have finished exam number one.
It’s hard to believe that just one year ago,
I was just one of you- yeah, I still didn’t know!
So while I wait for finals, and you for decisions,
Here’s something to think about during admissions:
Early admits, in one year you, too, could be,
Freshmen learning the truth in: “IHTFP!”

38 responses to “‘Twas the Night before Finals”

  1. Thor says:

    I think your meter ran in to some problems in that URL, but, then again, it’s difficult to find a youtube hash in anapestial quadrameter.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not if you read it as “youtube dot com blah blah blah Q”!

  3. Anonymous says:

    you have nice hair

  4. Suril says:

    8-] Wow! *Gleep* – Do we see it in next “The Tech” issue?

  5. Pranav Dave says:

    “Let none say that the engineer is an unsociable who delights only in formulae and slide rules”

    Keep the good work going . . .

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hahaha, well done.

    Now how long did this take that could have been spend studying? =P

  7. mm says:

    I really like this. So true…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Exams. Suck.

    Who’s ready to fail 5.112??

  9. Andrew '12 says:

    Major props for rhyming a youtube id hash. And for overall poetic excellence.

  10. Nice! Interesting way to talk about life at MIT…

  11. Ahana says:

    Amazing Shannon! An alternative to your math career wink

  12. Ben says:

    This is brilliant.

    I don’t get to call anyone at PetSmart tonight, and this fact is making me very sad. :-(

  13. Anonymous says:

    Outstanding poem. So true haha.

  14. anonymous says:

    @ Ben

    Everyone at MIT misses you. We Ohioians can’t believe you left Cambridge to go back to the Buckeye State! Hopefully, you are loving your new job at Oberlin!

  15. Justin says:

    Genius. Just genius.

  16. Brandon says:

    EA Applicants!
    I updated the site to include a few new goodies.
    Check it out, I think you’ll like it.

  17. Rebeca says:

    Sheer brilliance!!!

  18. David says:

    LOVED your advice to the freshman! I TOTALLY already listened to that song this morning to handle the EA adrenaline rush

  19. Person says:

    epic poem is epic

  20. Shamarah says:

    You’re considering course 18, too?
    Nice! Let’s hang out & discuss some thangz.


    Oh btw, it’s been a legit year since we got into MIT. …What.

  21. Cathy says:

    Sheer brilliance!

  22. 10 minutes! *hyperventilates*

  23. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t there some tradition about showering the freshmen?

  24. Mikey says:

    Niiice. Pure genius!

  25. Ngozi '13 says:

    Oh my God, this is epic.


    Ooooooh, I don’t have to worry about it for a year. Obliviously sits back.

  26. Hannah '13 says:

    I apologize again for being such a creeper when I talked to you earlier. Nice to meet-ish you!

  27. Justin '13 says:

    hi other future classmates! Yay I got into MIT…oo noo a year from now I’ll have to take MIT finals…smile…:(

  28. Seuss '12.5 says:

    Finals time’s crazy, thanks for lightening the mood,
    Now back to studying, “Oh look theres free food!”
    Thank you GRTs for the snacks that you cook,
    Now I can go back to my room and open facebook
    Here’s some advice if your attention span’s cruddy,
    Lock yourself in your room, and work with a buddy

  29. Sheeva ('05) says:

    incredible rhyming skillz! hahaha. smile

  30. sistah says:

    OMG you’re the only reason I-don’t-HTFP smile
    but i’m slightly saddened that you didn’t mention Rotch/24-hour-hayden :(

  31. rachbuch '11 says:


  32. Oindree says:

    Really nice idea.

  33. Nean says:

    Haha. You’re great!!!! smile))