Jan 02 2010

Dreams of Academe

One of the great things about being an academic is that you don’t have to actually take courses and study for exams to continue for the rest of your life regularly waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat from a nightmare in which you HAVE AN EXAM AND YOU FORGOT YOU WERE EVEN TAKING THE COURSE AND YOU DIDN’T STUDY AND YOU ARE NAKED AND YOUR TEETH ARE FALLING OUT AND ALL YOU HAVE IS A LITTLE BLUNT PENCIL AND NO FUCKING SHARPENER!!!


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  1. 1

    I should have guessed this never ends based on the fact that I still have dreams of failing high school courses intermixed with my current anxieties, but I’m still disappointed.

  2. 2

    the “teeth falling out” dreams really disturb me. i wake up thinking i’m holding them in my hands every time (been happening for years, dammitthefuck), and it takes me a few minutes to realize my teeth are still in my mouth.

  3. 3

    isn’t teeth falling out one of the most common ones?

  4. 4

    yes. it is a common one.

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    The Barefoot Bum

    … and you’re out of motherfucking Jameson’s!

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    Comrade PhysioProf

    AHAHAHAHAH! Good one, holmes!

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    Candid Engineer

    I’m plagued with common dreams but have never had the teeth-falling-out-one. My most common common dream is that I’m going about my business (whatever business that may be) and I realize that I’m naked.

  8. 8

    I still wonder sometimes if there’s a class out there for which I have yet to take the final exam. I fucking hate those dreams.

  9. 9

    Yep, had this dream just last month. Maybe they will wear off the further I get from grad school/PD years…

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    Comrade PhysioProf

    Maybe they will wear off the further I get from grad school/PD years…

    Sorry, but NOPE!

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    judith weingarten

    No they don’t. The only change is that you no longer arrive at the lecture hall without your slides but, now, your PPT explodes the computer. So it goes.

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    unbalanced reaction

    Ever since my first day of teaching, I’ve had a recurring dream where I am back in college and failing a class because I have stopped attending and have missed too many quizzes. When I wake up, I have the worst guilt…and then I realize that I never failed a class. Whew.

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    You don’t have to be an academic to play. Everyone I know who has gone to college has the “exam in the forgotten class” dream. And the “naked in public” and “OMG my TEETH!!!” dreams are the community property species in general. (Well, maybe not equally of everyone; some people don’t mind being publically naked, and I’ve heard of people asking to have their perfectly healthy teeth pulled so that they can have the visually perfect teeth that dentures can provide, but still…the dreams are available. On the menu, as it were.)

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    El Picador

    It really is unfortunate that ScienceBlogs doesn’t have a dream-science blogger. Damn shame.

  15. 15

    I have this recurring dream that I’m pissing but not into a toilet. Into a waste can, on the floor, who knows. Fortunately when I awake I haven’t pissed in the bed.

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