I'm sitting in Nutrition class today next to my friend Tracy discussing how we both have so many tests next week. Spring Break is coming up...that's why. So the professor asks us if we want the test on Tuesday (not good for me, because I have a test on that day already) or Thursday (better for me, because then I have more time to study). The entire class shouts "TUESDAY!"
I remember the days when students loved hearing that a test has been pushed back. When they wanted to dedicate more time to studying and/or waiting longer to procrastinate and study the night/hours before. What has happened to all of the students? I feel like I'm in an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
Then the plot thickens. Get this - my professor asks if we want some homework over the weekend too. You'd think the class would respond, "no," since the test is on Tuesday and surely they will be studying for it. But they don't. They welcome the extra work with open arms. I looked around to see if Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel were in the classroom, so I could get the heck out of here - in a small group of course and flee this bizarre scene. Something had to have been in the air or trees this morning. (A reference to The Happening if you didn't understand that part. I'm not just name-dropping).
Tracy and I exchange looks. Sure, we'd love to have more work to do. We would rather do busy work that won't get a second glance when being graded, than actually study for a test that will account for a decent amount of our final grade. Who wouldn't?
Maybe it's a Wisconsin thing (Tracy and I are both from Wisconsin - same town too!). So maybe it's an Elk Mound thing, but we were raised to take all the slack we could get. Minnesota doesn't seem to agree with us. It's sad, really.
On the other hand, I'm in a class full of nursing majors. If you've ever met a nursing major, you'd know that they HAVE to get good grades, so they like to absorb any extra (homework) points. As an English major, I could care less. Homework is like my Kryptonite. Essays and tests are where the points are at.
I can only hope that by Thursday, things are back to "normal" with my class.