Exams: the waiting is the hardest part

To quote Tom Petty, “the waiting is the hardest part”.

I recently finished exams (for now anyway)…and the writing of said torture devices is actually ok. I mean, I actually have more free time (I had enough time to watch the new Star Trek, will be my next post!). I eat better, I see more of my friends. On the other hand, from dawn until dusk my life consists of texts and mathematical formulae…but still.

But waiting for my results to be posted is awful. Some exams go bad, bringing great trepidation, some exams go well…bringing slightly less trepidation. I will elaborate with a story!

I wrote the worst exam of my life (literally, none have been as bad marks-wise). And so the waiting was nerve-wracking. So you can imagine the joy I experienced when I saw I passed! At university you need a sub-minimum of 40% for your exam, so as long as your overall average including semester mark is greater than 50% you pass. And I got less than 40% for the exam. So even though my average was 51% I shouldn’t have passed. Except I did. I assumed being in final year they pushed me through, because I was quite close to 40% in my exam…BUT it turns out it was a system error (we get our marks off the ‘net) and I actually got into the supplementary exam. Boom! From pass to supp in 24 hours 😥 But I thought I’d go to the perusal where you can examine your script and try and find extra marks and such like…so I had to wait an entire week for that opportunity. This week of waiting was worse than waiting for my actual result! But happily, I went to the perusal today and found out that they had looked at my paper again and found me more marks! 😀 they just had not reflected it on the system yet 🙂

So the waiting can be a bitter-sweet experience. After that week of waiting, to find out I had passed was an amazing feeling!! 🙂 If you have ever experienced anything like this, drop a comment and we can bemoan our ordeals 😛 Next post will be my review of the new Star Trek 😀

Jeremy

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4 thoughts on “Exams: the waiting is the hardest part

  1. I’ve only ever had to retake one exam and that was GCSE Maths, my worst subject. I did pass it getting a C but they thought I could do better and pretty much forced me to redo it. So I did all the work again, and got the results back as another C only two marks better than the first test! As you could imagine I did a lot of grumbling and mental *I told you so’s*. 😛

    Waiting for results is the worst, and opening the envelop that feels like it holds your entire future is even more terrifying!

    Congratulations on your exams!! 🙂

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