Today I completed my third in-class final and hopefully spent my last day on campus.
While I previously listed some of the absurdities of this experience, the craziness continues.
For example, in yesterday’s final one of the proctors came in and began speaking Thai. I stared blankly at him for a while hoping he would notice not everyone was following. Eventually I gave up and went back to taking my test. He finally recognized me after about ten minutes, however, and explained that there was confusion as to how much the final was worth.
As if I did not already know it. This was the class where the professor’s syllabus read: midterm = 50%, paper = 40%, final = 10%. Except we never wrote a paper.
The professor informed the office that our final was worth 10%. Someone apparently did the math and realized it did not add up. We gave a presentation worth 20% at one point but that still left 20% of our grade unaccounted for. The office spent the entire 3 hour test trying to get hold of the professor to clarify what the final was worth.
She sent a message after the final to inform us that, yes, the final was worth 10%. The missing 20% was going to be credited to us as a full score…just because, I guess.
Today I had another final. Once again the proctor spoke Thai. I finally got sick of waiting for him to notice me (for the record, this person works in the office and sees me almost every day so he cannot claim to not know my language limitations. Also, this is an English program.) I finally waived him down and requested a translation. Apparently there was an error on the final exam and he wanted to make us aware of it. A helpful heads up.
As for my take home exams, they remain up in the air. I finally e-mailed the office to ask when we would receive one of them. They said it would come whenever the professor decided to send it. The professor claims he already sent it. My classmates just shrug and say it isn’t due till June 15th anyway so no rush.
I received a copy of my other take home exam but still have no way to turn it in. The professor says he asked the office for a link for us to turn it in. The office (you’ll never guess) claim they never received a request. And, yes, my classmates do not care because it also isn’t due till the middle of June.
The calm way everyone handles the situation makes me wonder if I am the crazy one and everything is normal. But this cannot be normal. Right? Right?