Daily Post: I Never….

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Tell us about something you’ve done that you would advise a friend never to do.

This is something I did I’d advise no one to do. During the days of my final year exams, I was living in the residence of the university. I had a room mate ,she was a  student of Economics. She thought my going to sleep at 10:30 PM every night was a mistake . Her advice was I should stay up longer like my other classmates. At first I paid no heed to her, when she repeatedly warned  me that my classmates would fair  better than me  in the exam.After hearing this for the umpteenth time, I decided to check it out.

The following evening I stayed up till 1:30 AM. Those three hours I stayed up to study was the worst mistake I made. Since it was past my bedtime I couldn’t sleep rest of the night. When I got up to get ready to go to the exam hall I did not feel well. I panicked what if I cannot go to the exam hall was the only thing I thought. It would mean I’ll have to repeat the year.

This was not acceptable to me. I went to the exam hall, sat on my chair and waited for the invigilator to give out the exam papers. In about five minutes I saw him giving out the question papers, I was feeling dizzy and scared. When I got my paper I read all the questions, and felt I know nothing. I picked it up and read them again. Out of ten questions I was supposed to answer six.

I felt sick and scared. I read the first question and started writing my answer, it took me longer to answer six, on  a normal day I’d complete writing my exams in an hour and a half. This did not happen, I think I took all of the time allotted to us.

I realized after I came out of the exam I must not listen to any one about my sleeping schedule. I almost thought I’d fail. Thank God I survived . Those classmates my room mate talked about did not do better than me in the exam.One failed and the other one did not get more marks than me.

I told my room mate in the end, “I will never listen to you, I will sleep at my regular time.”

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DP Daily Prompt: Drawing Blank Post by Ranu

I seldom take part in any heated discussion. So drawing blank is irrelevant. However I did draw blank in my masters exam. Upon the advice of my roommate I stayed up till 2 a.m .in the morning of one of the exams.I was feeling sick,I did not have enough sleep. The invigilator handed me the question paper.I glanced from numbers 1 to 10. I was required to answer six of them. Well six, I could not understand any of them.

So I started to panic.I promised  that instant.I will never let anyone interfere with my regular sleep hours. The question was,I said to myself,’what I’ll do to that roommate for her bad advice ,is not the immediate issue,how will I deal with all these questions staring at me’,they were telling me, ‘answer six or else failure will be knocking your door’.

I pulled myself together,started reading the questions slowly,telling myself,’Ranu never mind the sleep, you were prepared to handle this,you have studied enough,now take a deep breath and concentrate’. I said a little prayer my Mom  taught me for emergencies. I started praying,I promised God I’ll never make such a foolish mistake again. It calmed me . I grabbed my pen and started writing.One by one my brain was spitting out the answers as if by magic. I finished the four hour exam in two hours.I did not want to review. I handed my answer sheets to the Prof. who had his sharp stinging eyes on me. ‘Are you finished,have you checked everything’?   ‘Yes Sir I have’ was my reply.