Well, having endured 38 degree temperatures AND an exam - I'm certainly glad yesterday is over and done with. I ensured I arrived early (3 hours!) and sat in the stinking heat mulling over my lecture notes in preparation for the in-class essay. By the time it was due to start, I was ready to go home for a nap!
At least the invigilators weren't nazi-like as I had heard they can be. Once we were hearded into the exam room, had our instructions read to us and our books and belongings checked for any contraband, it was heads down, butts up. Now, as all of you students will know, three hours seems like a long time - if you're sitting in traffic or a dental chair but when you're expected to write three 500 word essays, it's amazing how fast time seems to fly.
Having read the topic questions during the 10 minute perusal time, I felt quite confident seeing as the topics of themes, character types and structure had been discussed continually during the last 14 weeks. However, with the ticking of the clock echoing in the background, my mind was a blank! Not to mention the fact that my brand new white out roller thingy wouldn't work, I couldn't remember if I was supposed to write in double lines or single AND as time progressed, I became increasingly aware that I was running out of paper (which was provided and we were given strict instructions not to bring any spare)!! To say it all felt like a nightmare would be an understatement. Before I knew it I had 30 minutes to complete and half the class had disappeared which only added to the sense of urgency. As a result, I'm fairly sure I was way under the required 500 words on the last question but I couldn't wait to high-tail it out of there.
On the way back to the car, I had all the usual feelings of failure, questioning myself about why I was really doing all this and contemplating on the three hours of my life I will never get back! What am I going to do with this degree? Should I just do something a little more practical and do a Teaching Degree? Why is it so hot?
On the bright side, this time next week I'll be on a plane heading far, far away to a land where it's much, much cooler and where I'll have plenty of time and space to ponder about my future prospects (I think!).
I've done it!!!
Well, I've finally done it!! Got accepted into Uni AND created a blog!!! After searching for insightful websites to help me tackle my journey into academia at my ripe old age and coming up with nil, I decided to start one of my own. I hope this blog will encourage anyone who has ever doubted their own abilities, to put one foot in front of the other and achieve their ambitions, desires, dreams...no matter what they are. If anyone has any inspiring stories to share, I would love to hear them. I love an inspiring story!!!