I've checked my school's website a lot over the past week to see if grades have posted. The sad thing is that I have continued the ritual even though I know they won't show up until the first week of January (at the earliest). A watched pot never boils, right? Maybe I can postpone grades forever. Or, maybe I'm really hoping the record's office will mess up and post 'em early.
There are few things worse than taking an exam and then waiting for several weeks before knowing how you performed. Heck, I had several multiple choice exams and they could easily run each answer sheet through the Scantron machine on the way out of class. Although, cringing at the buzzsaw sound indicating someone missed every question might not be the best way to enter winter vacation.
It's odd not knowing where you stand when compared to your classmates (especially because class standing weighs so heavily on many future events). I realize we are all in the same place we started at the beginning of the year, but now that finals are over I want immediate gratification. I can't even approximate relative performance because many of those I talked with after the last final said they can see themselves equally receiving incredibly high or low marks. Very frustrating.
I thought I would enjoy a carefree, grade-free vacation, but I think I'd rather know my GPA just so I stop speculating and enjoy the free time before Spring '08.