Yes, I know, I really should be studying. My exam is tomorrow morning, but well I've been studying for almost two days, which is a long time for me! Anyway, I was just looking up my exam room and another funny exam story came to mind, which I just had to share. The funny things about our Latin papers is we basically have three different papers doing the same course. Instead of having a set text for each paper and having to teach small classes, everyone gets lumped together and the texts rotate each year so no one does the same one twice. It's a little complicated, but it's actually quite simple and very helpful.
Anyway, the University in all their greatness doesn't really think about this when it comes to exam time and treat us as three separate papers. And almost every time they manage to put us into three separate rooms. Often this means two or three people being stuck in with a huge group of god-knows-what students. And in semester 1 last year, this very thing happened and two of us were left all alone in a room full of geology students. Stage 3 geology students. Yes, I know what you're thinking. But here's where the fun began..
The two of us were seated in the front corner of the room, all on our lonesome. We quietly minded our own business as the geologists trundled in. Finally reading time began and I delved into the lengthy paper; I was happily reading away, when one of the geologists raised his hand. He didn't have a problem with the paper or anything; he had just forgotten his colouring pencils. Yes that's right, Mr Stage 3 geologist needed his colouring pencils. So he popped out of his seat and down the front to get them out of his bag. And if you think that was that, it wasn't.
Another hand went up; another bright geologist-in-the-making had forgotten his colouring pencils. And he wasn't alone; seemingly half the exam had. Which made me wonder- if they brought them, why did they leave them in their bag? Seriously, how can that many people forget them? Or was it that they hadn't expected it and they had them just in case, in which case the other half of the class had none at all. Who knows?
But the one question that remains is: what the hell are Stage 3 geology students doing in a course that you need colouring pencils for?