December 18, 2003

Three thirty seven AM.

The Rubin Hall study lounge.

A skinny white boy in a white t-shirt and button fly jeans sits on a couch drinking Dr. Pepper and scanning pages in a five-subject notebook.

Just as he is contemplating how the only other occupants in the study lounge at this hour are four Asian girls hunched over in seperate study carrels, a fifth Asian girl enters.

The boy wonders if the one reasonably attractive Asian girl will come home with him on Friday and be his best friend's Christmas present.

The notes, on which he is having an impossible time focusing, are poorly organized scribblings dotted with underlined definitions of Greek terms. According to the notes, Enthusiasmos means "the god is in you." Ekstasia means "standing outside oneself."

They are indicative both of the rambling nature of the lectures from which the notes were taken, and the often fatigued bleary-eyed state in which the lectures were attended. It is a state very similar to the one in which the boy will take the final tommorrow. He will be tired and poorly prepared. Right now, he is tired and poorly preparing.

According to the notes, Dionysus, like other gods, was said to die and be reborn at a certain time of year. This factoid is absent any context. The boy is not sure whether it comes from Ovid's Metamorphoses or Plato's Symposium. He is not sure whether or not it will be on the test. He doubts it, but is not worried either way because it's impossible he'll remember it in six hours when he is taking the test.

Some things the boy has done this week besides not studying have been not updating his website, not waking up at a reasonable time of day, and not not fooling around with his best east coast friend who used to have a boyfriend but no longer does. He has not been entirely unproductive: he has half his Christmas shopping done.

Tommorrow's final will be the last or second to last actual exam the boy takes in the course of his college career, which is only one eighth complete. He assumes the Asian girls in the Study Lounge will have ten or more times that many, and that they will be better prepared for each one than the boy was for his few measely liberal arts credits. The boy supposes that's okay. Taking tests is clearly what these girls are good at. He wishes them luck. He is better at writing than taking tests, and clearly prefers lying around half-clothed to studying for them.

He still expects to do better than half the people in the lecture hall tommorrow, because he has way too much faith in himself and the gods whose exploits he is neglecting to bone up on have yet to give him reason to think otherwise.

Although it was no doubt given during the eighteen-week course, the boy's notes do not include a definition for "hubris." He already knows it; he did not write it down.


Did your Metrosexual Hawaiian just get a blog? Mine did.

UPDATED: Those words are Greek, not Latin. Thanks, commenter ned.

Posted by DC at December 18, 2003 02:13 AM
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