The new semester began last Tuesday. I am looking forward to some of the projects and readings this semester. A bit intense, but not as much as the previous semester. I have enough reading and writing in both languages to keep my busy. Freelance work too.
So here is how it all went down:
6am – Crawl out of bed. Notice the sun is not up yet. This is a depressing start.
7am – Arrive at Hart Middle School. English exam up first.
7:15am – Find classroom. Two pieces of ID checked, signature, and a thumbprint to prove I’m me.
8am – “You may begin now”
8:20am – Nearly fall asleep at desk. This is going to be a long day. Take a min to rest, then continued with renewed alertness.
10:34am – 100 multiple choice questions mostly centered on writing, some on literature and I’m done. Freezing and starving, I head out to lunch.
10:45am – Arrive at Panera. Broccoli and cheddar soup, hot chocolate. Mmm
11:15am – iPad studying the history and culture of Spain.
12:45pm – Head back to Hart. Not looking forward to this Spanish exam.
1pm – Two pieces of ID checked (again), signature (again), and a thumbprint to prove I’m me (again).
1:05pm – Notice I know a few people from school – go over to chat about classes. Overhear that many people are taking this test for the second or third time. Say it’s rare for someone to pass on their first try. I hear it has nearly nothing to do with Spanish language and all about minor cultural details that are not taught in any Spanish program. I get discouraged, head to my desk. Begin to freeze.
1:45pm – “You may begin now” (again). Taped recording won’t start. Confusion lasts a minute, then it’s on. I have trouble hearing words in the passages and am not entirely sure I’m answering the questions correctly.
2:05pm – Commence multiple choice section. Very confused – I didn’t know I had to memorize the dictionary, what are these words?
3pm – Very frustrated. I have never learned this stuff about foreign language standards, which period did Person X write in, or which countries Spanish is an official language (apparently it is not in Belize).
3:15pm – Begin to doubt 3/4 of the Spanish department at the local high school could pass this test. So random and obscure facts that are not needed to teach intro to Spanish. Recall hearing that most schools in MI won’t let you teach in your minor – not qualified enough. Very frustrated I’m torturing myself for nothing.
4pm – Realize my neck is not sore for sitting here for hours taking a test, instead, I’ve got a migraine. Great. Just peachy.
5:12pm – Done. Spent nearly 7 hours (not including breaks) on testing today. Way too cold, head throbs way too much, and blood sugar is dropping fast.
5:30pm – Startbucks. Venti hot chocolate, no whip, slice of banana bread. Munch in car while waiting for the hot chocolate to melt the ice chunks in my blood.
5:45pm – Home. Frustrated and angry that I don’t believe I passed the Spanish exam, but happy I think I passed the English. Homework will have to wait, I am exhausted.
Here’s to hoping I’m an insanely good player of eeny-meany-miney- mo with a side of educated guess. Will know my scores on February 4.
Sleep, homework all day Sunday, then its time for more class on Monday.