YOUR DIPLOMA HAS BEEN REVOKED
Due to a change in the College’s requirements for graduation we find that the degree awarded to you in 1968 was in error. You are nine credits short of graduation; your diploma has been revoked.
This is the start of a dream that used to recur about three times a year. In it my job is dependent on a degree. To keep my job I go back to school to earn those nine credits.
I was not a good student in college. I had too much fun and not enough smarts. I managed to barely scrape through going on and off probation right up to my final semester. My graduation was in doubt until the last hour when grades were posted and I just slipped in under the minimum grade point average wire.
Having to go back and earn nine more credits without slipping under the required grade point average is indeed a nightmare.
The only part of this dream that I ever remember when I wake up in a cold sweat is having to take my final exam in Ancient History (I know…there was no such course). In the dream I did not attend a single class or lecture. I never read a page of the required reading. I never even bought the book. Somehow I thought I could borrow the book and read it the night before the final exam. No one is willing to lend me the book. The book is not available for sale. The test is due in one hour. That is when I wake up in a cold sweat.
I have not had this dream since I retired four years ago.
I don’t need my job.
I don’t need the degree.
Fuck you dream!