Tuesday, June 17, 2008

If the blog posts stop...

…it’s because I’ve self-destructed from intense nerves. Friday is the day I take the big (6-hour! all essay!) cumulative exam for my Master’s program. I usually get a sizable amount of nerves for regular exams, but this exam has an additional minor detail. You know, the whole “if-I-don’t-pass-it-I-don’t-graduate” thing, which makes me want to 1) run far away, 2) find a bag and hyperventilate, or 3) run far away and then find a bag and hyperventilate. There might be a few things I’m good at (like scouting out bargain souvenirs or boiling water), but handling stress simply isn’t one of them. Husband and my Mom have given me a number of pep talks with very sensible advice. When Husband heard that the pass rate was 80% for first-time test takers, he said, “Are you kidding me? Of course, you’re going to pass. In fact, I bet you could take the test right now and pass.” My Mom said, “If I passed my comp exam, then you can definitely pass. Don’t even worry about it!” I definitely appreciate their encouraging words. But, I find that they’re lacking in more constructive advice, like what to do if I faint while taking the exam or how I discreetly throw up in a quiet testing room without causing a scene. Ok, I’m joking (a bit). I know that things will work out ok. I know that somehow I will get through the exam. And I’m hopeful that I will pass. I’ve just never been so excited to see Saturday.

17 comments:

Chris said...

Tip#1 - fill your pockets with those bite-size chocolate bars. Unnerving others while you indulge in some brain-activating choco-power will stimulate you to do better than your classmates.

Tip#2 - Bring lots of pencils. And a good sharpener. Rest in the fact that if all else should fail, you will still not run out of lead.

Tip#3 - Trust God to bring out the knowledge you've stored up along the way. Relax with a nice cup of coffee before the big test, and it will come.

Good luck!

Playful Professional said...

Good luck. You'll do great :) And I look forward to hearing about it when you're done.

Leslie said...

Good luck! You'll be great. :)

Kristen M. said...

Awesome. What is your degree in?

Anonymous said...

I know you will do well, just take a deep breath and get a big kiss from husband

Angela said...

Much luck and God's peace be with you during the test!

Crazy Daisy said...

best wishes to you! I can relate as just in March I took my comp exam! I feel like I should know, what what is your degree in?

A, B & C said...

I know you'll do a great job! It's silly to tell you not to worry, since you will. I'll just pray that the next few days go fast enough that you don't worry so much, but slow enough that you have time to finish studying!

southeastcountrywife said...

good luck! be sure to update us!

NavyCS said...

Good luck! Not that you need it, you will do fine. :)

Kel said...

Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with your first marathon too - it's a long ride, but I think it will be exciting.

Best of luck to you with you exam...try not to run away/hyperventalate until after! ;)

~k

Jen said...

Good luck--you're going to do a great job!!

New Girl on Post said...

Good luck! I know you'll do great!

Ann M. said...

Good luck! I am sure that everything will be OK :)

K.C. said...

You have made it this far. Just popping in and reading this and getting nervous for you---for absolutely no reason.

Knowing that you are going to do great.. You go, girl! Kayce

Vypergirl said...

Good Luck!! I am sure you will do great!

Reynie said...

You'll do great! I remember the comps--I was done in a few hours (I had to be bc I had a GA football game to go tailgate at--priorities, right!). You'll do fine! Confidence can be your best friend sometimes!