Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bladder Mathematics

Tomorrow I am taking the GRE for the second and what is hopefully the last time I will ever have to take the GRE in my life. I just got off the phone with my friend Nick, and I was telling him how I was planning my day tomorrow. I have to work until 2pm, and then take my (close to four hour) test at 4pm. So I am going to be exhausted, for sure, and am planning on kickin' the feet up with TV, a movie, the NY Times, a beer, or whatever else my heart desires when it is all over. (Also, you might be pleased to know, as a reader, that the number of GRE-related posts should drop off significantly after tomorrow. Additionally, I will take suggestions for new topics).

I was also discussing with Nick the time slot from 2-4 tomorrow, post-work and pre-test. I figure I'll leave work armed with a Venti Americano, to get maximum caffeine intake before walking into the test. This creates a problem, however. More caffeine=more urination. The GRE only has one ten-minute break. The first section, the writing, takes up an hour and fifteen minutes. So after I thought I had reached my solution with the Venti Americano, I started to question: can my bladder hold out for an hour and fifteen? 20 ounces (4 parts espresso/16 parts water) divided by 75 minutes...And then that math equation felt all too much like a question on the Quantitative portion of the GRE, so I gave up.

Night, y'all. Wish me luck!


  1. Luck to you on both accounts, the GRE and your coffee containment v. caffeine benefit conundrum!

  2. welllll??? how did the bladder hold up!?!

  3. I'm a little late, but I hope everything went well!