Well... my exam is done and dusted.A whole year of work completed.According to my husband and two friends I am, officially, a weirdo..... because I really enjoyed the exam.I arrived nice and early and read through my poems, then went in to find the loos.
It was a nice clean building with good parking and I felt pretty relaxed! I do admit that my heart was beating a little faster than usual, but I was excited and eager to begin rather than scared. I met my fellow students from my tutor group and then we were off.
I had practised timed questions in the week before and I wrote down my plan for each question - which, I am pleased to say, I stuck to.The first question was a passage from Henry V which I had to comment on - discussing theme, language and performance. The next question was about how men are represented in two of our Literature and Gender works - I chose The Color Purple and A Jury of her Peers.And finally I had to say whether I agreed that 'confinement' was a major theme in women's poetry, drawing from a range of poems.I wrote about 5 poems and finished with 5 minutes to spare.
I left the examination hall with a feeling of exhilaration and satisfaction that was just lovely.Various other students wanted to dissect and discuss the paper, but I avoided them and walked out to the sunshine.I learned a long time ago that there is absolutely no point in even thinking about an exam after - never mind discussing it. What will be, will be.You have done what you can and you could as well forget it until the results arrive.
So - that will be in August. Who knows how I have done! For now I am having a week off and then I will start on my next courses reading list. I will be studying The Nineteenth Century Novel - course AA316 - and I can't wait!!