That Dream About School That Never Goes Away

schoolI saw an xkcd web comic today that reminded me of a recurring nightmare that pops up now and then. I actually wrote about this dream about four years ago.

I too suffer from the popular "I have an exam I completely forgot about and I'm in big trouble" dream. I began having this dream during my University of Toronto days, but it has occasionally popped up throughout the seven years since. In this dream, I remember that I'm enrolled in university classes that I never attend. I haven't submitted any essays and now there is a final exam that I'm completely ill prepared for. It's too late to drop the class and it appears I will fail. In this nightmare, I try to understand how it is I've enrolled in classes I totally forgot about. You see, it's not that I decided to skip these classes intentionally, it's that it completely slipped my mind somehow.

These damn dreams show up now and then and they seem so real I'm always delighted when I awake and realize it didn't really happen. I've read that these types of dreams are common, but I'm not sure what brings them on. Although I haven't had one in a while, I remember having the dream at least once in the past three years.

I haven't had that one in a while, but I still remember that overwhelming feeling of relief when I awaken and realize I've graduated and it's all just a bad dream.

Here's the xkcd web comic that inspired this entry.


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WOW!! I have had same dreams also. I graduated UofT in 1979 & still once/twice a year dream about not prepared for exams & assignments not done. I then wake up in a sweat.
Dreams more frequent in earlier years. I guess it was just pressure overall that we had to deal with & still haunts us MANY years later (30 years ago for me).

March 18, 2009 @ 7:08 PM

Jason |

uhh what did you do to your site?

you know i enjoy your site

and of course it's all about you

but uhhhg this layout is too 'busy' dude

the eye doesn't know where to go!


March 18, 2009 @ 7:15 PM

Toronto Mike

It can't be too clean and too busy. You guys have to make up your minds!

March 18, 2009 @ 7:23 PM


I saw that comment, and yes, more than 2 years after leaving school I still have those kind of dreams...

March 18, 2009 @ 8:36 PM

Mississauga Mike

Whoa, I never knew this was a common thing. I graduated April 2007 but had this dream about a month ago and almost positive I told somebody about it as well.

Psychology is interesting sometimes.

March 18, 2009 @ 9:29 PM

Mississauga Mike

And another little weird coincidence, just logged into Facebook... yours and the new FB layout are kinda similar. :( I enjoy the Twitter stuff on the right hand side of yours though, there needs to be definitive separation somewhere on the page though, it's a little busy.

March 18, 2009 @ 9:32 PM

Jason |

well if you run this place like a democracy i guess maybe i lose but really.. it's hard to focus.

thanks for the chart

March 19, 2009 @ 7:02 AM

Ajax Mike

Hey, nice to see another XKCD fan out there. Knew you had good taste Mike. :P

March 19, 2009 @ 7:47 AM

Toronto Mike

At some point today, I'll add separation - maybe a different background colour for the Twitter sidebar or something like that.

March 19, 2009 @ 9:20 AM

Stephanie Wilkinson

I still have that dream and I graduated 16 years ago. Its a horrible feeling!!

March 19, 2009 @ 9:24 AM


This familiar dream is the remnant of an old brain field. See manual below for further details.

May 9, 2013 @ 10:52 PM

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