This time of year at Lehigh is usually a busy one, and for engineers it is busy primarily due to “Four O’clocks”. Four o’clocks are basically Lehigh’s version of midterms that are given 5-6 weeks into the semester and then 10-11 weeks into the semester. I personally liked having this type of “midterm” because it split the semester up into thirds, rather than halves (where you would just have one midterm and one final for your testing in a course).
These tests received the name “four o’clocks” because they are given at 4 o’clock in the afternoon (clever, right?). Most Lehigh undergraduate classes end by 4pm(there are a few night labs), so this make it feasible for students to take a 1 hour test after their classes are over.
I personally don’t have any four o’clocks this semester – my exams are scheduled in about two weeks, right before our fall break. Therefore I am holding a little “Study Break” tonight for my fellow Engineers Without Borders members so that they can give themselves a reprieve and have some coffee and donuts. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an organization that I am involved in, and my title on the executive board is “Membership Chair”. So my job is to plan events that will allow EWB members to become familiar with each other and make their experience more memorable.
I figure that this event tonight will not only give EWB members free donuts and coffee (which can totally help studying efficiency), but also help them meet each other outside of their organizational duties.