Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2004.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

My final final

Posted 11 June 2004

My last final was today at 9:00a. I set my alarm for 7:30a so I would be ready well ahead of time. Surprise! I slept right through it. Luckily, I got a phone call from my dad at 11:00a asking me when my last final was. "It just ended. I have to go now," I replied. I grabbed my keys and backpack and hustled out of Elder, just in time for it to start raining. I arrived at Tech and headed to my professor's office, knocked on his door a few times, and then sat down to wait. After about 20 minutes his door suddenly opened, which surprised me since I thought he wasn't there. He poked his head out, looked down at me, and said "You missed the final this morning!" I explained the situation, and he very kindly gave me an hour to take the exam there in his office.

Amazingly, when I finished the exam, he glanced through it and suggested I double-check problems 5 and 7. I did, found some (hopefully all) of my mistakes, and turned the test in to him. I ended up getting 8 hours of sleep, and I think I killed that final!

The moral of the story, of course, is to sleep through exams and take the final one-on-one with the professor so you can get insider tips. You'd agree that that's a good plan, right? You might say "No, that's a horrible plan!", but I hear only yes.