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you have to be kidding me...
I got 3 hours of very broken sleep last night. I arrived ar school this morning with 30 seconds to spare before the attendance monitoring system would have cut off and marked me absent (one absence and I'm essentially expelled). I'm doped to the metaphorical gills on caffeine and sudaphedrine and I didn't study at all (read: haven't even opened the book) for the exam we're having that covers six chapters in the text. My professor noticed I "look and sound like hell."

As soon as I turned in my answer sheet the instructor graded it and called me back up to the front of the classroom so I could see the results. Despite all the forces working against me this morning I somehow managed to score 88 out of 90 points on the exam for a good, solid 97% - an "A".

I think I should go buy a lottery ticket now.

You take my hand, I'll take your hand

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Current Music: whispered classroom conversations while the test is going on

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arphalia From: arphalia Date: September 18th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude! Buy one for me too!

25-9-37-10-2-23
arphalia From: arphalia Date: September 18th, 2004 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Or just buy yerself two and use my numbers for one of them. ;>
feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
We did, indeed, buy tickets for Powerball -- one using your numbers.

Your ticket came the closest to winning by having a single hit. Roho and I had absolutely nothing. Looks like my streak of good luck stopped just short this time around.
nekosensei From: nekosensei Date: September 18th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
My sister took an essay exam in philosophy class with a severe cold. She was running a fever and doped up on codeine. Her professor later handed back her final and told her it was the most brilliant thing he ever read. As a side note, she sad she was feeling very "philosophical" (aka drugged) on the day of the exam.
feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read this and broke out laughing, because all I could think of was the character of Jake Chambers from Stephen King's The Wastelands. Jake undergoes something of a psychotic breakdown, writes an essay paper while in this state and only realizes he cracked when he prepares to hand it in. He looks at the cover and he doesn't remember writing a single word of it. As he pages through the essay before it is collected he realizes with a dawning sense of horror that his madness is most certainly going to be noticed -- kids in his grade level don't write poetry about mutants who hold gas nozzles between their legs and pretend it's a penis, or repeat the word "choo-choo" over and over again.

Jake is, understandably, surprised when his professor hails it as a work of genius.
brianblackberry From: brianblackberry Date: September 18th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, I don’t know if I could deal with a college that has an "attendance monitoring system" that can potentially expel one for being tardy. It sounds like one being treated like junior high school kids who need to be monitors, not adults who go to a school voluntarily and pay for the privilege out of their own pockets.

Then there is the Orwellian aspect to it, do cameras follow one around the halls also?
feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
In all honesty there's a perfectly good reason for this rather draconian policy. To remain an institution that is capable of granting accredited degrees, any university must make sure that students have a minimum amount of "face time" with the instructor. Each school enforces this to a varying degree, but they're all required to do it or risk having their right to grant an associate/undergrad/graduate degree revoked by the monitoring body (DeVry is accredited by NCA / The Higher Learning Commission).

These terms become absolutely critical for the curriculum I am enrolled in. My chosen degree is offered in an "accelerated" track, meaning they compress a 16 week course into 8 weeks. To maintain the "Face time" portion of the accredation requirements when your timeline is so highly compressed a student can only miss one class. The requirement of "only one allowed absence per 8-week class or you're expelled from the curriculum and have to appeal and re-enroll" is further driven by the fact that there is so much material covered in one class session that if you miss two weeks or more you'll never be able to catch up.

The draconian attendance monitoring in terms of punctuality is a reflection of just how much material is covered in class. In this class I meet once a week for four hours. If I'm ten minutes late I've missed a hefty portion of material but can generally get caught up on the lecture and deduce whatever I missed. If I'm an hour late (which qualifies me for dismissal) I'm going to have an exponentially harder time. Besides, we're training students to go out and deal with the real business environment. In the world of business, punctuality is not negotiable. If you came in to work ten minutes (or an hour) late every single work day HR would dismiss you for chronic tardiness or -- at best -- put you on probabtion and a performance plan.
varro From: varro Date: September 18th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Methinks you're more good than lucky, though.
feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, man, but out of a lack of ego I'm still going to chalk this one up to "luck." Either that, or the course is far below the curriculum level it is numbered at. I might expect to breeze through a 100-level course that easily. This should not be the case in 200 and above.
steppenpup From: steppenpup Date: September 18th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn. o.o
feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's about the only response I could find when I got the result handed back to me.
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