Monday Update

Unbelievably, as I arrived at the building to start my walk up four flights to our classroom for the dreaded test mentioned in my previous post, sirens sounded and emergency vehicles surrounded the building as enthusiastic first responders cleared the building of students, faculty, and other staff. A fire alarm! A false alarm, of course, but the delay causes our professor to reschedule for Wednesday so that we have a full hour to disgorge our knowledge. Are you kidding me? On the one hand, relief that an opportunity for more learning/review is presented; on the other, I was ready, dammit!

Is it fate? Am I destined to earn an A in this class despite my weakness in will? Stay tuned.

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