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« on: December 13, 2007, 09:20:23 pm »

Final exams are next week, so I took a look at my schedule of classes posted on the university's website.  I get half-way down the list when I see "PE 0105 - L19" listed.  I think "what?  I must be looking at next semester's schedule, for I certainly do not have any PE classes now!"  I take a closer look, and sure enough, I indeed was registered for a gym class.  Yeah. 

See, our school runs on the semester system, meaning that the school-year is divided in two parts; at the ends of which you choose the semester-long classes you will be taking next.  The problem is, the gym classes are only half a semester long so some of them just start in the middle of a semester--a point in time which is easily ignored, as it means absolutely nothing in 90% of classes.  So I've just been going along, happily following the schedule that I printed out at the beginning of the school year, secure in the knowledge that this list of courses applies to the whole semester. 

Really, even in retrospect I don't remember signing up for a gym class!  It was, at least, only a half-credit class so my GPA shouldn't be hurt too much.  Still, I've never actually failed a class before--and certainly not for such an idiotic reason!  Good heavens, am I absent-minded or what?!?!  Now if you'll excuse me, there is a wall whom needs to be introduced to my forehead... 
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2007, 10:08:25 pm »

That, my friend, is pure grade A awesome. Sure, it sucks to fail the class for such a stupid reason, and believe me. I know, I've had similar things fail me before, but if you go and try to sort it out with whatever administrative personnel, I'm sure you'd be able to work something out. And if not, well, then you have that giant mechanical spider somewhere, don't you?
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2007, 10:38:37 pm »

ByJ, Jake, that takes the biscuit.

I had a CompSci course that I went for the first day to pick up the syllabus and then showed up for the final and managed to pull a low A out of it.  But that was entirely intentional.  Can't say I ever forgot an entire course.

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2007, 11:58:23 pm »

That, my friend, is pure grade A awesome. Sure, it sucks to fail the class for such a stupid reason, and believe me. I know, I've had similar things fail me before, but if you go and try to sort it out with whatever administrative personnel, I'm sure you'd be able to work something out. And if not, well, then you have that giant mechanical spider somewhere, don't you?
*Chuckles* I know!  As mad as I am about the failure, I think the hilariosity of the situation far outweighs it  Tongue 

I've thought about talking to an administrator of some sort about it, though I'm quite positive nothing could be done.  If it were an ordinary class, perhaps, but being a gym class it is all about daily participation, you know?  I should still talk to someone, however, perhaps I can get a bit of tuition refunded or something...

The best part about all this is that a few weeks ago I actually registered for the same class next semester, thinking "hmm, that sounds like a fun course to take!"  You'd think that would've jogged my brain into recalling that I should be in that class right now, but apparently not... 

Oh, and I will be sure to send you all samples of Flubber once I perfect its formula Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2007, 01:25:38 am »

Couldn´t you ask if you could perform a hundred push ups and run a marathon that they let you pass?
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2007, 01:40:32 am »

I know when I was in college I got a poor PE grade (who knew you had to take an actual final?) but I retook the class the followinng semester and they allowed me to subsitute the new grade for the old. I also had a PE glass that I stopped going to half way through, and I passed! Lucky the teacher had no idea who I was..
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2007, 04:06:55 am »

My last year of college PE was theoretically easy - 2 semesters of bowling at the University bowling alley (which was blessedly open until 3 AM) - 3 games, 2x a week - amazing how the last couple days of each semester became the all-day Bowl-A-Thon.......

Back in the bad ol' days, we guys at least got to fence and bowl - the women's classes had insulting names like "Basic Motor Skills" (sic) - it turned a lot of people into Radicals......
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2007, 04:29:04 am »

At least it was only a PE class!  I used to have nightmares about this exact scenario around exam time, except the class was always something big, difficult, and crucial for my major.  Brrr...
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2007, 04:31:18 am »

My English class caused that nightmare for me repeatedly...then there was the time I walked into my English final halfway through because I forgot when it was scheduled..
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2007, 05:31:59 am »

I don't know about where you go, but at both the community college and university I attended, anyone who did not appear for the first 3 classes was dropped from the roll by the teacher or by the brains in jars in the records department. I suppose this varies from school to school, but I am surprised that you were not automatically dropped. Oh well, take it next semester and then petition for "substitution of grade".

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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2007, 08:20:36 am »

In high school I had the (mis) fortune of getting double pneumonia and missing a month of school.

the only class I failed was PE.  damn a 1/4 credit down the tubes.

the dean contemplated having me take it over to make it up. Double PE classes!?!
I suggested that spending any more time around a drunken phys ed teacher than was absolutely neccessary was a bad influence on me. luckily, she folded to my raise and I won that pot. Grin ( the idiots drink of choice was peppermint schnapps, real subtle)

luckily I only needed 16 and 1/2 credits to graduate, the next two years they bumped it up to a total of 22.
I took every introductory science and math class to pad my credits ( a loophole in the class requirements I discovered)... mostly to tick off my "guidance councilor"....the man was a hired thug brought in to police the bus area, a knuckle dragging pinkerton.
his only other responsibility was coaching some minor school team and attempting to teach U.S. history.

Almost every meeting with my "guidance councilor" ended with me seeing the dean and going to detention.
I didnt really mind, I won every argument with that primate. It usually left him a funny purple color too.

senior year I came in at 9am for PE, went to ceramics class for 2 periods (i wasnt even registered for it, they didnt know or care) then off to the lunch room until the first bus left at 2pm

If it wasn't for the PE thing I could have skipped the last half of senior year all together.
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2007, 11:02:14 am »

I'm....sure i came across this thread on a different forum....
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2007, 07:00:07 pm »


     Dear Jake,

    You are living one of my recurring nighmares.  You have my sincerest sympathies.

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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2007, 07:27:48 pm »

My recurring nightmares are about actually attending PE classes.
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2007, 10:44:19 pm »

My daughter is in her second year of collage, she is going for an engineering degree. As with most collage students she is so busy that I hardly get to see her. Anyways I spoke with her last week and she says "You should be proud of me, I actually went to my accounting class and did some of the homework" ***shutter*** she goes to a private collage.....$$$$. So I ask her what kind of a grade she is pulling, her reply "low A".

She hates the class because its boring and she forgets to go but she is a math wiz so she still pulls an A. Her mother is a LPN (nurse) and I'm an R&D tech, we are both fairly smart but sometimes I feel dumb next to my daughter.

Jake, you should talk to your admin and see if they will comp you on the cost and/or let you drop the class. They may not but I would try anyways.
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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2007, 12:51:43 am »

That sucks!!!

...Thankfully, due to my being in the Navy for 6 years, Boot camp counts for al the PE credits I'll ever need. If I ever were to apply to a college that wouldn't count them, I'd be more than happy to do a full PRT (physical readiness test) scenario with the PE instructor and see if he/she could keep up with me (100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and run  1.5 miles in less than 12 minutes immediately afterwards).
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2007, 01:10:17 am »

Not quite as bad, but similarly hilarious:

I somehow managed to think my physics exam was at 1:00 PM today, not 10:30 AM.  Luckily I get to take a makeup test tomorrow, so all is well.  For about an hour I was terrified I was going to fail the class.
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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2007, 01:25:07 am »

Not quite as bad, but similarly hilarious:

I somehow managed to think my physics exam was at 1:00 PM today, not 10:30 AM.  Luckily I get to take a makeup test tomorrow, so all is well.  For about an hour I was terrified I was going to fail the class.
It is only by the grace of a very compassionate deity that similar has not happened to me yet, I assure you!  The best of luck on your makeup--do you loose any points for that?
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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2007, 03:14:55 am »

Luckily, no.  I think I looked like such a mess when I got to the professor's office (I'd just walked 2 miles home, then checked my e-mail and literally ran back, in 85 degree heat), he believed my story.

Actually it worked out in my favor... I get a free-response test with partial credit for wrong answers, instead of multiple-choice.
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« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2007, 03:28:51 am »

Luckily, no.  I think I looked like such a mess when I got to the professor's office (I'd just walked 2 miles home, then checked my e-mail and literally ran back, in 85 degree heat), he believed my story.

Actually it worked out in my favor... I get a free-response test with partial credit for wrong answers, instead of multiple-choice.
85o?!?!  What state are you in?  It's a whopping three 'round these parts Roll Eyes
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« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2007, 04:32:51 am »

Florida.  Good God I would kill for three.  I hate this weather, it's only gotten below 60 two days this month.
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« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2007, 04:52:36 am »

Luckily, no.  I think I looked like such a mess when I got to the professor's office (I'd just walked 2 miles home, then checked my e-mail and literally ran back, in 85 degree heat), he believed my story.

Actually it worked out in my favor... I get a free-response test with partial credit for wrong answers, instead of multiple-choice.
85o?!?!  What state are you in?  It's a whopping three 'round these parts Roll Eyes

well we have about a foot of snow in WI
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« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2007, 04:55:26 am »

Heh, we have like three.
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« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2007, 08:43:30 am »

i managed to completely miss my final freshman year (thought it was at 1pm when it was at 9am. whoops)
i ran around campus for a few hours, bawling, trying to find my professor. i got her phone number from the main office. the poor woman at the font desk wasn't supposed to but gave it to me anyway. i called my professor and left a hysterical message. i  probably wasn't even speaking what sounded like english.
i left town the next day.
3 days later i got a call back and the prof said i could take it when we got back from break.

i was convinced i was going to fail.
huzzah for nice professors!


and its been like 79 here in new orleans.
apparently louisiana isn't aware that it's winter
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« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2007, 09:10:16 am »

Aye, hooray for nice professors! I missed a couple English classes due to illness and general ennui, one of which happened to be both a test day and the due date for the paper. The syllabus for the class stated quite clearly: "The only excuse for missing a test day or a paper due date is to be hospitalized. Late papers will not be accepted otherwise, nor will missed tests be allowed to be retaken. Do not even try pleading." Each paper counts for 20% of the final grade, and each test counts for 2.5%, or about as much as a missed day of class.

I was thinking about all of this as I was writing my final paper, on which, by my estimation, I needed to get 100% on in order to pass the class with a C (which I need in order to take Creative Writing next semester). Naturally, I busted my ass on it. Then, on the second to last day of class (the rough draft checkin for the final paper), my professor pulls me aside and says he'll let me take the test I missed and turn in the missed paper as well, completely unbidden. The test I took right then and there, the paper I crammed out over the course of the next week.

Right now, I'm looking at a possible B in the class, depending on how much my professor decides to mark the late paper down, and at the very least a C...

Thank the cogs for being well-liked by teachers of all types...
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