I had heard what quals were like for my friends in grad school. I thought that I had avoided them. Silly me.
Actually, what I have been going through lately would be closer to some initial “pre-examinations” just to see if I am ready for my qualifiers.
But I have obviously learned things since I got here. And if I keep busting my butt, I should do pretty well.
ETA: Welcome to autumn. The equinox has arrived!