The following is excerpted from the diary of a patient receiving treatment for a medical condition approaching “outbreak” status: Midtermburn.

Before the test: “Four books in one day – man, I’m burnt out.”

During the test: “Is it hot in here? And what’s up with these questions? Shit! It’s fucking scorching in here!”

After the test: “God, I’m blazed.”

Friday’s forecast: Students who believe they may be suffering from Midtermburn should have no fear. The more painful the second phase is, the better the third phase feels.