I Dream of Final Exams

August 8th, 2014

Remember those dreams you have where you wake up for the first day of class, and are unprepared? Profs have them too, or at least I do. I’ve already had the dream where I forgot to prepare for the first day of class, and totally winged my Pierson v. Post lesson.

Last night, I had a similar dream  where I forgot to write the final exam for my Property class. I woke up in the morning, and immediately realized that the final exam was that night at 6:00 p.m. I star panicking, and wonder why no one at the school ever sent me any reminder emails about the due dates (we get lots of these). Then I start to write something. Initially I was going to go with two fact pattern questions, but then I switch to a series of shorter essay questions. Not enough time. Then, for some reason I decide to take a nap (dream within a dream). Not a good move. I wake up at 5:30, with thirty minutes to spare. ThenI really start to rush. I see the minutes ticking one by one. By 5:36 I am finished, and I ask the school to print out 60 copies of the exam.

I feel somewhat confident about the exam. I walk into the classroom where the exam will be administered, and of course is it is in the high school I attended. I start handing out the exams, and one of the students raises his hand, and says that this isn’t the right exam. I look at it, and it has all of these civil procedure questions. The school printed the wrong exam! I then tell the students to wait, and I scramble and get copies of the right exam. Afterwards, it goes without a hitch, and none of the students found any errors.

Phew I thought. And my second exam was not till the day after tomorrow. So plenty of time!