LiNGuiSTiCS iN LaNGuaGe TeaCHiNG...!!!

Owh my...!!! I finally finished 4 out of 5 papers for my exam this semester. After 2 disastrous papers back-to-back which made me feel like dying, linguistics paper turned it all around and I'm really grateful for that...!!!

The night before the exam, I downloaded the previous semester's question paper. I felt like stabbing myself with a knife when I discovered the format of the question, and what kind of questions will be asked. I started to get a little paranoid. I was afraid that my fate will end up the same just like GnC and HDoE. I was thinking that I will fail this semester. I just didn't have the confidence anymore.

Well, it all turned around when I opened the question booklet during the exam. Apparently, there was a lot of questions that I could answer. Some question I couldn't recall in Part B, and I chose to answer 3 questions that I can remember. Till I was in Part C, 2 questions that must be answered and I didn't have a clue what were the questions asked. The terms in the question were alien to me. But I answered them anyway, hope Madam Rose won't be crying blood when she sees my answers.

Okay, here's the best part. My stomach got upset in the 10th minute of the exam. I couldn't get out of the hall because rule has it I can only get out of the exam hall only after 30 minutes after the exam starts. I have finished all my multiple choice questions by then. I looked at the clock hanged on the wall, it was 9.15am. So, I started writing my answer for Part B.

I kept on writing when the next time I looked at the time it was already 9.35am. Yeay...!!! I took my saline solution, the contact lens liquid and wrote my name in the temporary exit form. I went out and noticed that the female lecturer followed me from behind.I knew that every time a student goes out of the exam hall, the invigilating lecturer must follow them to wherever he/she goes. So, I didn't really mind she following me.

I went into the toilet and chose the "sitting" kind of cubicle. So, I got down to business answering the nature's call. Suddenly, I heard a female voice from outside of the toilet. "Are you okay in there?" she said, half shouting. I was stunned. Numbed. Flabbergasted. Perplexed. No...!!! There is no adjective that can describe what I felt back then. I was so shocked that the lecturer would even ask me whether I was okay or not. A FEMALE LECTURER. What was she thinking? What would I be doing in the toilet, in the cubicle? Owh my...!!! I didn't know what to do but my mouth just utter the word "YES" loudly, so she could hear me. 

As I got out from the cubicle, I saw her waiting outside of the toilet. She didn't see me, so I went to the sink and washed my hands. I put a few drops of saline solution into both of my eyes, reconditioning it to avoid my eyes became dry. I got out of the toilet and she asked me, "Are you okay?" I said "Yes, I just had to re-wet my eyes." while showing her the saline solution in my hand. I saw her went into the toilet as I climbed the stairs. Maybe she suspected me copying notes in the toilet while I was actually SHITTING. Well, that's me. I always spend a lot of time if I were to be in the toilet. I entered the hall, signed my name on the form and continued answering the paper.

Frankly speaking, this is one hell of an experience. I wouldn't feel anything if it was a male lecturer who followed me and asked me that question, but it became really odd, weird and awkward because it was a female lecturer who did that. Luckily, I didn't really know who she was and I rarely see her at the faculty. Phew!

I'm currently reading Black Beauty written by the poor Anna Sewell. I've just read 4 chapters and it has been really getting on my nerves because it's so boring. I can't do anything because it's in the syllabus. I can't wait to finish reading the novel so I can start reading the book that I bought weeks ago, Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero which is still unwrapped because I don't want to lose focus during my exam.

Better get going now, the green book of Black Beauty is waiting for me. Until next time...!!!


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