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Exam trauma
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So picture this: I was sitting outside the exam hall, not having revised AT ALL for my history exam, which was an airy-fairy sort of 20th Century survey course that covered everything from WW1 up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. I was feeling a little uneasy but generally all right, since hey, it's such a general course, nothing a little waffling can't handle...


10 minutes before the exam

ME, TO FRIEND
Y'know, I didn't even read that assigned text about metanarratives and postmodernism.

FRIEND
Oh, nobody really understood that. But I have the notes RIGHT HERE. Wanna look?

ME
Okay.
Takes notes, glances at title briefly. Hesitates.
Nah. Wouldn't be able to finish it. It's only one text anyway.

THEY SPEND THE NEXT 10 MINUTES TALKING ABOUT NOTHING.


Now, there was ONE compulsory question. Guess what it was about?

As Charlie Brown says: AAAAAAAAAUUUUUGGGGHHH!!!!

Anyway. I'm fairly calm, all things considered. You see, I've been convinced that I don't really need to worry about my grades anyway. Since I'm NOT aiming to hang around for an Honours year (I refuse to subject myself to more school on purpose) there isn't any point in trying to maintain a high GPA, since it isn't really reflected in the final product (the diploma) anyway, unlike an Honours degree with 1st, 2nd, 3rd class, etc. A plain ol' "Bachelor of Arts" (Bachelor o fArts) is the same, whether you had straight As or Cs. Of course, there is the "Bachelor of Arts, with credit/merit/whatever" but that's just piffle. So I'm not terribly stressed out about the exam disaster. It won't matter in 10 years' time. Heck, in 5 years' time. But it was quite a laugh when I saw the question. I think I actually may have giggled.

And we grade on a curve!


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We don't need no edumacation

So I'm not terribly stressed out about the exam disaster. It won't matter in 10 years' time. Heck, in 5 years' time. But it was quite a laugh when I saw the question. I think I actually may have giggled.

Yernow, my least favoritest instrunctor when I was an undergrad told me (and I remember this that well) when I went to beg for the 0.15% that would have changed my grade from 3.3 (B+) to 3.7 (A-):

"If your life here a book, this wouldn't be worth a footnote in the appendix!"

Well, guess what?
That's exactly what it was worth.
I decided to stop getting Bs after that - and for the most part, I did. Once I got to grad school my entire GPA was 4.0, not that it meant diddly squat at that p6int.

In any case, I hope it wasn't too much of a disaster.
Do well on your other examses!

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Banazir

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