A new word learnt: Narcolepsy

I’m currently pursuing a Specialist Diploma in Finance and Acccountancy at Temasek Polytechnic. In Semester 1 which lasted from April 2011 to October 2011, the classes were conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm. The class started around 715 pm to accomodate working adults who came after their work. These adults usually knocked off between 5 – 6 pm and as there was little time between dinner and class, many of them grabbed a bite or two along the little shops lining the sides of the MRT Station before they caught the train and headed down for class.

For me, it depends. If I had work on hand, I would work til 6pm, pick up dinner from Mum and head down to class or I would knock off at 5pm and head back to Mum’s place for dinner. Either way, my hunger will be satiated with a sumptous dinner which consists of a bowl of white rice, soup and a dish or two. When I’m finished, I’ll head down for class by bus. The journey takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on the wait of bus. When I’m on the bus, I will feel rejuvenated and all ready to attend class. However, when I reach the lecture theatre, something stirs within me. The place will seem to be a little too dim for me to focus. The lecturer’s voice will seem too soft and gentle. The class is too still for any learning to take place. And before I knew it, I would have hit the sack. I did not go to the lecture hall to sleep, neither am I prepare to sleep through a Specialist Diploma I had signed up for amidst my hectic work schedule. I am just too tired from work or too drowsy from eating a full dinner before class.

So when I came across this picture today, I was tickled.

Where You Sit in Class and What It Says About You

Where You Sit in Class and What It Says About You

This is taken from the PHD Comics, a very talented group of artists reflecting the miserable lives of students

Clearly, I belong to the Second-row Sleepers. A student with good intentions but has a bad case of narcolepsy. P.S. For someone who does not know the meaning of the word narcolepsy like me when I first saw it, let me help you with it. According to the first return on Google seach, narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks.

This really made my day. Perhaps the next time my lecturer commented on how sleepy and tired we were, I should send him a copy of this comic.

Til the next post! 😀


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