Dr. Love, M.D.

Dr. Love,

My significant other’s birthday falls during the middle of exams! How do I balance studying and celebrating?

As the philosopher Billy Shakespeare once said, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” Since Shakespeare never took exams in law school, I think it’s safe to say that this quote hardly does justice to the stress relationships undergo when one-half is cramming for finals. My advice is this: don’t try to balance studying and celebrating. If you’re the kind of person who goes all in on birthdays—and it sounds like you are—tell him/her that you’ll be better equipped to celebrate once you’ve submitted that last final on Exam4. Plan an elaborate rain check that will make up for your absence on the actual day. Let your partner know that celebrating him/her is truly important to you, and you don’t want to be distracted by those pesky finals when you’re trying to focus on them. (more…)

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