05 October 2010

So, here's the deal. . .

Geez, I have really messed up this time!
Yesterday the philosophy dean tells me that the university secretary has been trying to reach me all morning.  When I turned in my thesis back in June, I failed to include a C.V. and a pic.  I also failed to turn in the 20 page paper on my oral exam topics.  This paper is due ten days before the oral/written exams for the license.  I didn't understand the implications of this failure at first.  Then it hit me:  the license exams are THIS WEEK!!!  Great. . .so I have a twenty page paper to write before Thursday's exams.  Oh, and the thesis defense is Saturday.

Just to add to my stress:  the French exam is today not Wednesday.  For some reason known only to God and His angels, I listed the exam for the 6th in my diary.  

These screw-ups happened for two reasons:  1). all this scheduling info is on the university website in English and Italian; however, the process for completing the requirements is available only in Italian. . .and it is incredibly confusing; 2). I have always had a very weird relationship with time; that is, I find it difficult to conceptualize step by step processes in a temporal fashion.  The only way I have ever managed this flaw is to write out a process in my own words.  

Is there such a thing as Temporal Dyslexia Syndrome?

Needless to say, I am panicked. 

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  1. We are with you in prayer Father. Just remember your namesake - Be Filled With The Holy Spirit!

  2. Gregg the Obscure6:43 AM

    Most people botch time-related things now and again. There aren't many of us with an internal clock that runs at the same rate as that of the Bureau of Standards. The more emotional the person, the less accurate their sense of time.

    You're a capable fellow, so while the paper will be a bit of a hassle, its quality shouldn't be an issue.

    I'm sending my prayers for your success on the French exam.

  3. As a former senior officer once said to me, "You now have the opportunity to excel."

    Rotsa ruck.

  4. Anonymous2:30 PM

    As a PUST faculty mmebr, I would be behind you in any effort to communicate university requirements in English in a more professioanl manner. Complain publicly about this for a while; something good might happen.

  5. I have volunteered to rewrite the requirements. . .it will likely be a project for me this semester!

  6. I pretty sure that it is a prerequisite for entrance into our Order to be Temporally Challenged.

  7. This is the kind of thing you'll be having nightmares about for the next 20 years. In times of stress I STILL dream that I failed the second half of my science requirement, and that was 30 years ago.