Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I've Been Through the Valley for You*

I've just been ransacking google images for graphical representation of my grade and have discovered that unless you are getting an A or an F, no one wants to hear about it.

When did this happen? When did getting a B mean 'better luck next time chicky-poo' and 'aaaah, you poor thing'? All or nothing I'm seeing.

That's what I got! A B! On the final and overall. I may have exaggerated once that I was pulling a C, but I do now believe I was feeling the all or nothing approach to schooling.

I am happy with my B and happy that I'm done with school for a minute.

Happy!

Taking the final took over two hours out of my day and may have shortened my life by about five years.

The stress!

I read through each question so many times, went back through the exam so many times, gave answers, and then double checked what I was answering.

11:30 a.m. - Settle in chair. Computer fired up and ready. Web page accessed and logged in.

11:35 a.m. - Oh, I have to pee.

11:40 a.m. - Double checking log-in name. Is Deborah spelled right?

11:45 a.m. - Reading and rereading exam instructions.

11:50 a.m. - Shutting door. Considering locking in case Pup comes home, running through the house shouting something important like, "Somebody needs a spanking?"

11:55 a.m. - Laugh about this visual for a second or two.

12:00 p.m. - Begin for real.

12:15 p.m. - This is hard.

12:30 p.m. - I have to pee again.

12:45 p.m. - This is seriously hard. My brain is starting to hurt.

12:50 p.m. - Mind wanders to my Blackberry; do I need to check it?

12:55 p.m. - I resist.

1:00 p.m. - Are you Fing kidding me? I'm only on question 38 out of 66? Shoot me now.

1:05 p.m. - Why did I have that second enormous cup of coffee? {scurrying off to pee again}

1:10 p.m. - Agonize over questions 39 and 40. Make wild guesses.

1:15 p.m. - Go back to questions 39 and 40. Make second wild guesses.

1:20 p.m. - Hit part three of final; the easy part.

1:25 p.m. - Hit submit.

1:30 p.m. - Use curse words I didn't know I knew because I have to give an evaluation before the systems will release my grade.

1:35 p.m. - Call Instructor to ask about office code number. WTF?

1:40 p.m. - Text Lyndsi if she knows the code.

1:45 p.m. - SUBMIT and hello there B! I'm happy to meet you.

1:50 p.m. - Stumble from room looking for water like it's actually scotch.

Aaaaaaaah, sweet relief. My face is red and the anxiety is fading from my gut.

Love this feeling! Ha!

*Just try getting John Legend out of your head when you're in the middle of your final. Uh huh.

11 comments:

R. Jacob said...

Congratulations. Open book only sounds easy. Answers are hidden in a miniscule word or sentence on a page that was skimmed over a long time ago.

The evil demons that lurk within while taking a test, I know all about them. You have accomplished much. Wear that B proudly!

Karen said...

I STILL have nightmares about test taking.

Good for you!..

Sarah said...

Congrats! Imagine how it would have been if you had to take it at school rather than home :) I always feel guilty for having to pee during a test, like they suspect me of going on my phone to get the answer to a question I'm stuck on.

At least you get instant satisfaction. I'm STILL waiting to hear about my final I took TWO WEEKS AGO! Two weeks ago I took this damn thing while horribly sick and I think I bombed...why is my instructor torturing me with not submitting a grade?!?

deb-oh-rah said...

Yes, a B in such a hard, brain stressing course is like an A+!!! I would be so happy with it. I think I struggled to get a C in statistics. Dinged my GPA a bit, but I was just satisfied that I passed and wouldn't have to take it over.

Congratulations! You have my admiration!

Heff said...

God, reading this post, I feel like I TOOK A TEST ! THANKS ALOT !!!

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

After grade-inflation, it's more like a C-. But congrats anyway :)

That is the first emoticon I've used since my AOL account back in 1997.

Shabbygalsnest said...

Congrats! I could totally empathize with the peeing thing! Damn coffee so vital yet so bothersome. Take a much needed break! Traci

Daisy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I think a B is damn good!!!! Be proud of yourself!!!!!!

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J.J. in L.A. said...

Congratulations, hon!!!

The older we get the harder the questions are because, hey, look! A bird.

Marla said...

Congratulations!! We take tests the same way. Must be a smart girl thing. :-)