Waking up ready for Finals

It’s very appropriate that as finals week at Bowling Green kicks off, I am awoken this morning by a recurring dream about failing out of school. This is a dream that I have had a few times since I graduated from BGSU (which will be two years ago next Monday).

I dream that it is my last semester of college and it’s finals week. In the dream, I realize that I have a class which I have neglected going to for the entire semester. Considering I kept putting off going to the class and it is now finals week, I am completely clueless as to the course’s content and I realize that I am not at all prepared for the examination. There is nothing I can do.

I am going to fail the class and since it is my last semester, failing the class means that I am not going to graduate.

I have had different reactions to this dream in the past. There have been times where I have gone an entire day in a panicked mood without knowing why, then ultimately realizing that I’m stressed out from the dream because a part of me thinks I’m not going to graduate (despite the fact that I already have graduated). In the dream, I always wake up before I have the opportunity to contact the professor.

I know that I’m not the only person to have ever had this dream. I actually mentioned it to a coworker this morning who said he’s experienced the same thing. I have also heard it referenced on TV. I think it might have something to do with anxiety over unfinished business. Maybe it’s my subconscious telling me to stop procrastinating on my graduate school applications. Or maybe it’s my subconscious punishing me for all of the classes I skipped.

This is the only recurring dream I’ve ever had. I feel like it happens to me a couple times a year.

To all of my friends at BGSU who actually are taking finals this week, good luck!

Roll Along! jrb

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