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Plus ça change

When I was at school, I used to get anxiety dreams in which I found myself sitting tests for which I hadn't prepared. Usually, I'd also be naked.

When I was a student, I used to get anxiety dreams in which I turned up to exams only to find that I'd forgotten that they were open book and that I was naked (this actually happened to me in real life - the former and not the latter, I should add).

Now that I'm a lecturer, I get anxiety dreams in which the students turn up to the exam, only to find that I've forgotten to set the paper. Still naked, though.

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Ah, but was it a *competitive* naturist swimming event?

Just remember to set the paper. The students won't care if you're clothed or not :-)

Give it a few years, and I'm sure that I'll be having anxiety dreams in which I turn up to an external examining gig naked...

You know, I've never had the 'naked in an inappropriate situation' dream. I don't know if this means I'm really repressed, or that I just don't have that much body shame.

I had a real exam at University where I woke up to find that I was both naked and several miles away.

As I just remarked in Another Place, I now occasionally have dreams where I'm late for my students' graduation ceremonies (and although fully clothed, have sometimes forgotten my gown or hood).

A couple of weeks before my MSc exams, I had a dream where I'd overslept and missed most of an exam. In my dream, I leapt out of bed, threw on some clothes, ran across campus to the exam hall (the Paranoia Panorama Room in the Rootes Building, in fact) and burst in through the door just as the invigilator (who subsequently became my PhD supervisor) said "OK, everyone stop writing now, please." I yelled "Noooo!" in slow-motion, and he turned to me, grinned, and said "Oh, I wouldn't worry about it - nobody else could answer any of the questions either." At which point I woke up, in something of a panic.

You're from Warwick right? Naked is normal ;)

I refuse to incriminate myself. Besides, I thought that the negatives had been destroyed.

Don't worry, your deeds have been eclipsed by later generations...

Possibly at some point, given my new job, I will have a dream where I turn up to court horribly unprepared and naked. Or horribly unprepared and in wig, gown, winged collar and bands but nothing else. In front of the Recorder of Birmingham.*

*Our local most senior criminal judge.

I dreamed that I couldn't answer a single question for my Ancient History A level. Which meant that when it came to the actual exam and I was indeed unable to answer a single question, it didn't come as that much of a shock.

My anxiety dreams don't have a specific wardrobe (or lack of one), but do generally involve humiliating failure.

at least they're better than the anxiety dreams I used to get, in which my teeth crumble to dust in my mouth... shudder!

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