May 20, 2008 9:19 PM


So last week I pulled the first all-nighter in my career here at Berkeley. It's amazing to think that in my three years at this prestigious university, I've only had to stay up all night for schoolwork once. It's certainly not an experience I want to repeat again. I was working on my Natural Resource Management paper that was due on Friday at noon.

I had only started research the Monday before. Luckily, I was using a paper for my silviculture class from last semester as a base, and I didn't actually need to do too much research (thank goodness for Refworks!) I stayed up all of Thursday night to write the paper. I had told everyone that it would not be a big deal, that I should be okay. Around evening, I started to write. Time started to warp, and I spent half the time reading/writing, and half the time surfing the internet.

Around 2 in the morning I realized that it would be a long night, and I decided to see if I could stay up. I heard the dawn chorus, the birds chirping at 5 AM, calling out their territories to each other after a night of sleep. By daylight, I had finished it, and I spent the rest of the morning adding finishing touches.

After I turned it in, I felt surprisingly energized and refreshed. I went swimming with a friend, had dinner, then went running. I stayed up until 2 playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl, until I got to the point where I nearly passed out. I had stayed up from 7:30 AM Thursday morning until 2 AM Saturday morning. In total, I had been awake for almost 42 hours.

I've heard so many people talk about all-nighters (engineers especially), and I must say that they are no fun. Try to avoid them if you can. All the same, I feel a sense of bond with some of my fellow Cal students. When I hear people talk about writing papers at 3 in the morning, when all your inspiration is gone and most of your time is spent trying not to watch Youtube, I will be able to nod and say "Yes."

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