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Jun 03

Contracts Exam

Pretty harrowing experience today. I normally set two alarms to wake up: my mobile, which has an incredibly loud alarm, and a talking clock which has an obnoxious digitised crowing rooster alarm. The exam was at 8.45, so I set the alarms for 7.45. At 6.30, my mobile starts to ring. Disgruntled that someone disturbed me from my slumber, I reached over, saw the caller didn’t have caller ID, and answered. No one on the other end. I tossed the phone back on the table and tried to get back to sleep. The phone rang again. I answered it again, this time to hear music on the other end of the line, but no voice. Seemed like a case of someone accidentally dialing my number while they were driving in a car or something. By this stage I was awake again, and exam nerves made it hard for me to get back to sleep. After, about 15-20 minutes I managed to drift back to sleep. The next thing I knew, I woke up, glanced at my watch, and saw 8.20 on it.

“OH, FUCK!!!”

I changed and was out the door in 5 minutes, hoping I hadn’t forgotten to pack everything in my bag. The exam was in the Mathews building (which is upper campus), so it normally takes 15 minutes to get there from my apartment. I managed to reach there by 8.40, after a few tense moments when I couldn’t find the exam room. By the time reading time started, I was half-asleep, dazed, out-of-breath, suffering adrenaline OD and thoroughly disorientated. Not the best way to start an exam. My hands were trembling as well.

I don’t know what happened, but I figure that I either went back into a deep sleep after being woken up by the phone calls, and missed both alarms. Or perhaps I did switch off both alarms, but it was an automatic response and not a conscious one which is why I don’t remember hearing the alarms go off. As a result, the start of my exam answer was extremely wobbly (I totally screwed up the application of Butler Machine v Ex-Cell-O Corp to the case), although I managed to get it together somewhat after that. Shitty.

This post has 4 comments

1.  Tuggles

You poor bugger mate… you’re getting old like the rest of us…

Hope you did well… I’m sure you did.

Get more rest.

2.  Pete

Argh. Do you remember Stats SS circa. 2000? Held in Engineering. And a friggen building alarm went off the whole time.

3.  Stu

Oh yeah, I was almost late to that Stats exam too! Mech Eng wasn’t it? Just as well that was open-book, otherwise it would’ve been a fail. Instead, they just copied the tute questions and the mark I got was a travesty for the knowledge I actually learnt from the course.

4.  Bonhomme de Neige

I remember being late for a 3U maths exam … I thought it was on Wednesday, but it was on Tuesday … I got there 30 mins into writing time – good thing the exam was a trivial joke =P

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