Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Exam

So, my morning starts with leaving 2 hours to get there. It takes an hour, but I like to be prepared. On the radio on the way to the exam they say there are some road closures because of the Sporting Life 10k run... I get downtown and avoid those streets. As I'm trying to get to the exam, I am confronted with the North/South street I am taking being closed, so I ask the police officer for an alternate. He tells me to go to Bay street. I get to by street and the crossing is closed, so then I am told by the cop to go to Bathurst. I get to Bathurst and it is closed to get North. I break down and start crying and ask Cop #3 who tells me to go down this road to the next lights and go North. 5 minutes later I'm seeing the SAME COP again because he gave me the wrong directions. He gives me another set of directions. This time I call my parents bawling because I'm not sure this road will be open. My Dad gives me directions on how to get to my destination. I have 5 minutes to get there. I get to my destination and there is no parking because THERE IS A POLICE PARADE circling the venue. I dump my car near a fire hydrant and pray I'm far enough away. I get to the venue with 2 minutes to spare. I'm sitting there and some of us are asked to stay behind. They confess that they overbooked the exam by 6 people and can only accommodate 5 so they're looking for a volunteer to do their exam at 1 pm instead. After a few minutes I volunteer because let's face it, I'm a mess and have a puffy red face. Waited for 3 hours, did exam. First station, someone I know is the freaking examiner so they have to scramble to get someone else to do it. Slightly shaken, I continue. Exam is ok, but not stellar. One station I fucked up royally. Hopefully the rest is good.

6 comments:

Liana said...

Eep. Sounds ridiculously stressful and I would have been in tears too.

I remember leaving my exam feeling pretty sure that I bombed one station, and when I got my results, I had. I still passed though so don't worry too much.

medstudentitis said...

The main problem is that if I fail, I can't imagine how to prepare to pass...

Rach said...

You should have called me when you ran into traffic. I would have figured out a way to dispatch you around the ridiculous annoyances that is traffic.

Milk and Two Sugars said...

I am still amazed that this could happen at all. Surely those who organise the exam ought to have been aware of a parade. They don't just happen spontaneously! I'm really pleased you had the opportunity to calm down, though I imagine three hours was a bit too long. I hope you'll now have peace and quiet in which to wait for exam results - which, with only one awful station, are going to be just fine :)

Liana said...

You will be fine. Don't even worry about needing to prepare again.

Resident said...

Yikes - sounds like an awful start to the day. Too bad it wasn't like the old days with Air Canada where they would give you $500 to vacate your seat and take the next flight out.

I found the 2nd problems of two stations ridiculously awful. Gulp. 6 weeks to wait!