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.


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.


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!!!!!!

Anonymous said...


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. :-)