MSCI 211 – Final Exam

Up until yesterday, whenever I went to a final exam at the University of Waterloo, I knew I was not going to fail the exam even if I needed to score at least 50%. This was because I always walked into the examination room fully prepared and full of confidence. This is not to say that I am a genius. No, not at all. It is simply because I always work hard during the three months preceding an exam. During these three months, I would go to bed at 7:00 or 8:00 PM, wake up at 3:00 or 4:00 AM, study for a few hours, and then leave for work at 7:30 AM. My weekends are devoted entirely to my studies. Some of you may think I’m crazy, but to me, the effort is worth every penny for peace of mind when I walk into the examination room and joy when I see my grades.

Yesterday was different. I was in a situation I have always worked hard to avoid, a situation I don’t usually cope too well with. November was the month when everything went South for me. My wife pregnancy became a cause for concern and she had to be hospitalised in London, Ontario for 2 weeks. The hospital where she was admitted is about an hour and half (driving at 100 km/h) from where we live. I had to drive there a few times after work, and on weekends. This means that everytime I was going to London, I was spending at least 3 hours driving. Eventually, she was allowed to come back home. However, because there is always a risk for the baby, she was precribed bedrest and has to have 2 ultrasound sessions and see her OB once a week until the baby is born. 

This means that I have to do a lot around the house on top of my regular job. To be able to leave work earlier than usual, I have to go to work earlier than usual and work through my lunch hour. So, instead of starting at 8:00 AM, I have to start at 6:30 AM. 

Needless to say that since the beginning of November, my studies were the least of my worries. For the first time since I started at Waterloo, I was working towards “limiting the damage” rather than “scoring the maximum points.” I can only hope I managed to score 20 points. The final exam yesterday consisted of 40 multiple choice questions worth 0.5 point each, 10 mutiple choice questions worth 1 point each and 2 mini essays worth 5 points each. I was unable to do the essays. My mind went blank. However, I think I did pretty good on the multiple choice questions.

3 Responses to MSCI 211 – Final Exam

  1. Clive says:

    That helps when someone such as mother in law (despite how much you hate or like her :p) or any relative is around. Is your exams over or still having some other modules to sit?

  2. Eddy Young says:

    Don’t worry too much about it. You could not study because of other priorities; these things happen. Anyway, *if* you have to take this exam again, you will put in the effort as you always have and will get the results that you deserve.


  3. Patrick Ng says:

    @Clive: I know that having my mother-in-law would have help a bit. But she would have been of more help if the baby was born. Our current situation is somewhat different because there’s nothing we can really do except wait, and see how things go. I have another exam this coming Saturday. I know, I am a glutton for punishment 🙂

    @Eddy: Thank you. This is what I’m telling myself. I had more important things to take care of. I had to be strong as I was she first turns to when she needs support.

    On a funny note, when I was back home from my exam, I touched my wife’s belly and said, “You! We need to have a serious conversation.” And immediately, she (most likely she) started to move inside her mother’s belly. That girl will be very good at talking back! 🙂

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