Tuesday, April 19, 2011

meltdown (revenge of the silent ugly cry)

Last night I had a huge tissue engineering exam. This was the exam I attempted to study for all day Sunday after spending the majority of the night hugging the toilet. As such, studying didn't go as well as it could have, but it was still relatively decent. I probably put a good 6-7 hours in.

Monday I studied an additional 2-3 hours. I felt pretty good walking in the door. But then I was given the exam.

Awful doesn't describe it. The worst part was that the 4 questions (doesn't seem like much, but it equates to 40 points out of 75) that were giving me trouble I had specifically focused a good chunk of my studying on!! Frustration, exhaustion, and anxiety set in. Then the unthinkable happened.

*The silent ugly cry* (said in a thunderous announcer-man voice)
Re-enactment of silent ugly cry starring Britney Spears as Danielle. Courtesy of  thisgirlscity.com
This bad boy is worse than the regular ugly cry because you are attempting to muffle your whimpers and discretely wipe away your tears in hopes of not causing a scene. Boogers will, more often than not, stream uncontrollably from your nose as you also try to stifle your sniffles. I literally spent the last 20 minutes of the exam trying to pull myself together.

And my poor, poor professor was visibly uncomfortable by the sobbing mess of a person that sat in front of him. With about 10 minutes left in the test, he announced to the class, "don't panic, even if you can't remember the formulas to solve the problems, just write down how you think you would solve it! But don't panic!"

Oh, the humanity. Here's to hoping the silent ugly cry fails to make an appearance at my polymer
 exam on Thursday...

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