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05 May 2006 @ 02:14 pm
I'm a fucking chump  
My suckitude has reached new extremes: I missed my last final exam. Not just my last final exam of the semester, but my last final exam EVER (unless I go back to school again, HAHAHAHAHA...no).

I had looked up the time and room number over the weekend, and I recall seeing that it started at 11. So, I arrived at the building at 10:30 and studied a bit more out in the hall. The whole time, something felt not right, but I kept telling myself I was just being paranoid. By 10:45, I had begun to notice that no one was walking in, and that seemed strange. Many people show up a bit early for final exams. 10:50 passes, and still no one comes in. I'm thinking, "Maybe I'm in the wrong building?" I was pretty sure I had read the final exam schedule thingy correctly, but...you never know. Luckily, the building has Internet access and I had my laptop with me, so I sat down and logged in to check the exam schedule again.

Yeah. The exam was 9 to 11. I had seen the "11:00AM" and, in my somewhat foggy state of mind this weekend (thanks to my intestinal disease, which decided to have another round of "Let's nearly kill Miss Sophia for the 87th time, yeah?"), I had not looked very hard at the listing, or else I would have noticed it said "9:00AM to 11:00AM". So I had just assumed it was 11 to 1.

So I'm like, "FUCK!" Actually, I got really really calm; that's how I tend to deal with many crises. It's sort of like survival mode or something. I mean, when it came down to it, the situation sucked like Paris Hilton, but the fact is that there was no way it was going to kill me. Things work themselves out. During times like this, you realize what's really important in life and what's not. And while my final exam and grade were extremely important, they're not what pumps blood through my veins, you know? Life goes on.

So I waited outside the classroom door until 11. A couple of my friends came out, and I was like, "OMG, guys, I fucking misread the time, and isn't that like the fakest excuse ever? But I swear, it's totally true!" And they were all sympathetic, so that was helpful. The prof wasn't there and the grader/proctor guy had no real authority, so I ended up going back to the department's building and taking the exam in a room by myself from 11:30 to 1:30. We couldn't reach the professor, but the department administrator figured the prof would probably be OK with this. I sure hope so. At least I took the exam and it's done. And I think one of my essays was really damn good. The other was meh to decent.

But I feel like the biggest asshole ever. I mean, how completely and utterly bogus does my excuse sound? But it's totally true! I told the administrator I felt like the biggest asshole. He's always been really nice to me, and I'm sort of the model student in the department (why, I don't know...), so I think it's going to be OK. But damn. I have reached new levels of assy-ness.

On the bright side, it's 80 degrees outside and absolutely gorgeous. And all I have left schoolwise is undegrad exams to grade, a thesis proposal to write (which shouldn't be a big deal, as it's based off two papers I've written in the past), and a very overdue 25-page paper to write (thanks again to my good ol' intestinal situation, which put me out of commission this weekend). But hey, I can handle that! :)

Anyone who wants to point and laugh at my dumbassery of the day is absolutely welcome to do so. I'm just all up with the stupid this week, aren't I?
Current Location: Chumpville
Current Mood: chumpy
Current Music: "Chump," by Green Day
glued2desk415: my kind'a stupidglued2desk415 on May 6th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
Wow, dude. You did just about the same thing I did (except I don't have finals yet). I had a 5 page Spanish composition due today which I finished in the wee hours. I don't remember my alarm clock going off but woke up 30 minutes after class was over. However, I lied about a nasty virus on my computer because I wanted to make sure she'd take it (which she did). *hugs*
Miss Sophia: Gryffindor Braverymiss_sophia on May 6th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Wow, we're both down with the bad timing, huh? I'm glad your teacher accepted the paper anyway. She probably knew you were shitting her, but didn't care!
glued2desk415: Going madglued2desk415 on May 6th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
She might have. But, as not proud as I am to say this, I'm a DAMN good liar when I have to be but I don't look like the lying type which works to my advantage. Yep, I'll be a good lawyer ;) She's really cool but I still didn't want to chance it or for her to tell the other profs there and get pressured into failing me because that's what they would have done. So awesome having the visiting professor. And of all days to miss! She brought food!

I'm like you in that I get calm during the situation (After the initial shock and OH FUCK!) but I am still slightly tense after it's over with which makes me jumpy and the rest of the day get worse. But that requires it's own entry that I'm waiting until tomorrow to do...when I'm less...ugh.

Hope you had a couple of margaritas after this :P
Miss Sophiamiss_sophia on May 6th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Margaritas didn't happen, but I did enjoy the sunshine, get an iced coffee (which, unfortunately, tasted like coffee grounds :X ), come home, chill on the Internet, and see a movie later that night. So all was happy.

Yeah, I'm a pretty awesome liar also. It's a power that must be wielded with much care. I got away with a lot of shit in high school.
konishi_zen on May 6th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I do feel your pain. My husband did the same thing for a Statistic exam and it was me that told him about it cause it was written on his calendar. I hope it works out okay.
Miss Sophia: Sirius Black (Puffs)miss_sophia on May 6th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I suspect it'll be all right.

OMG, your icon! Yay for taking JKR out of context!
konishi_zen on May 6th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
They're usually fairly good about it. And good luck on your test!

I have another here. An LJ user called eye_knead_name made like 50 of them that are at their LJ for the taking.

Some of the lines when read completely out of context sound sooo dirty. I wonder if JKR realizes that when she writes them...he he he.
Miss Sophiamiss_sophia on May 6th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, the test is OV-UH! Now I've just got a 25-page paper to tackle, undergrad exams to grade, and a thesis proposal to write. *facepalm*

The worst thing you can do is play the "wang" game when you're reading canon: you know, change "wand" to "wang" whenever it appears. Highly corruptive game, that one.

*couldn't see the icons, because the journal is friends-only, but loves the new one you've got there*
konishi_zen on May 6th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Christ! You sound totally swamped! I suppose that's why I'm still toying with going back and getting a Masters. What is your thesis proposal on?

*eyes light up* I am so going to do that! I'm re-reading the books again to get a better feel for Cedric Diggory, so that should be funny! Thanks!

Shitty! Totally shitty! You can gack these too if you want.
Miss Sophia: Draco - Have Any Slytherin in You?miss_sophia on May 6th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Swamped, yeah, but it's been worse. For some reason, I'm fairly unphased. I think it just might be the gorgeous weather.

My thesis will be on the use of the Internet in building social capital and civil society in China. I've already written a couple of papers on it, so it shouldn't be a big deal to throw something together in a few hours.

I'm re-reading the books again to get a better feel for Cedric Diggory

You'll surely get a better "feel" if you play that game! ;)
konishi_zen on May 6th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
*nods* Today was pretty dismal in Seoul. The rain didn't let up till late evening and it was all over the peninsula. There were warnings of flash floods too...

It's also starting to get humid again. I am not looking forward to summer. With heat and the stench from the sewers. Yuck.

That's a really good thesis proposal! I know this sounds totally nerdy, but could I read some of your papers on that? It sounds really interesting.

*facepalm* I didn't realize how dirty that sounded! Oh lord!

I'm so gonna do it now!
Miss Sophia: Chinese Fireball Ooohmiss_sophia on May 6th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
I was in Seoul in June 1996, and the pollution was pretty bad then. I can't imagine how it is now. (Funny story: I actually had no idea how polluted the city was until I said to someone, "It's so beautiful here, with the fog in front of the mountains all the time...." Their response: "Uh...that's not fog!" What a shame. I did love Seoul, though.)

Sure, I'd be glad to send you my papers. Have you been studying a similar field? Just shoot me an e-mail at miss.sophia.black @ gmail.com.
konishi_zen on May 6th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
*laughs about the fog* I thought the same thing when I first got here. My friend who has been here for three years was like no...it's pollution.

The air is really bad here still. I've gotten sick too many times to count and we are all having bad breakouts too. Light pollution is horrible also. There's always like an orange haze over the city.

It's a fairly orderly city, but I know that I wouldn't permanently live here. Not my speed, really.

I'm actually a teacher (Secondary, my specialization is Social Studies and English) and your papers touch on some of the globalization and economics portions, so I[m curious to read them.

Righto! and thanks! I shall do that shortly!
missi_dominici on May 6th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine how terrified you must have been to discover you had missed the exam. Hopefully your missing it doesn't influence your grade on the final -- on which I'm sure you did extremely well-- considerably.

Hermione would be exceptionally proud that you're this committed to school. XD
Miss Sophia: Hermione in the librarymiss_sophia on May 6th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
You would think I woulda been terrified, but...I dunno, I just got really calm and hoped for the best!

Heh, committed? Yes and no. I've been a horrible slacker lately. I'm just glad I'm almost through. It's been a nice ride, for the most part, but I'm ready to get off.