Lacking in motivation to do this, I put it off for some time. We were given a list of possible topics well in advance, which meant I really didn't look at them until the date was looming on the calendar. Eventually I decided to have a look at them; almost all of them seemed to require a great deal of research, which I really didn't want to do. So, I chose what seemed to be the easiest question. It basically involved a comparison of the two main speeches we had studied so far. One of these was a speech to the people, the other to the senate, so there was a number of ways you could compare the two.
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Anyway, I'm not here to bore you with statistics. What I'm getting to is the fact that this gave me the opportunity to do something very few people can say they have done- I put graphs in a Latin essay. Yes, I took the stats I had gathered, graphed them and included them in the essay. Because of this, it was one of the most entertaining pieces of work I ever had the opportunity to hand in. I was lucky, in fact, to hand it in on time; I left writing the actual text of the essay rather late- a little too much time on graphs! So, the night before it was due, I finally settled down for an 'all-nighter.' Literally. I finished at 6am, which gave me time for a great 1 hour nap before heading off to university. Somehow I managed to survive the day, but I had no idea what the essay was actually like.
By the time the essays had been marked, it was the exam study break. I went in to collect the essay from the office, not particularly worried what the mark would be. I picked up the paper, walked out and flipped through it. To my great surprised I found that my mark was 28.5 out of 30, and my lecturer had specifically noted how he liked the statistics and the graphs. My natural reaction was to burst out laughing, which was slightly awkward because at that same moment, he happened to come walking past. I made a passing comment about the graphs and he reiterated his interest in it. Once he was out of earshot, I cracked up again.
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