Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Student arrives late, like usual (Edited)

 (I needed to edit another post so I just chose this one, Regina)

Edited by: Jenn Funk

She glanced down at her phone and realized her first class started five minutes ago. Once again, she was going to be late.

If it weren’t for the horrendous morning she just had, she may have made it to class on time. She had set the alarm on her phone to go off at 8:15 a.m. That gave her 45 minutes to complete her morning routine, which was plenty of time. However, she woke up on her own that morning and abruptly learned that her alarm never went off. It was now 8:45 a.m. While jumping out of bed, she wondered what went wrong. Did she accidentally set her phone on silent? Was there a problem with her phone? After rechecking the time she had set for the alarm, she found that it was her mistake. Her alarm was set for 8:15, but 8:15 p.m. instead of a.m. like she had intended.

She rushed to get ready after mistake No. 1 that morning. Clothes were frantically being thrown around her room as she tried getting dressed while combing her hair. As she got ready to leave, she hoped she looked at least half-decent because she didn’t have the time to glance at herself in the mirror.

That’s when she stumbled across mistake No. 2. She had lost her shoe. One shoe was on, but the other was nowhere to be found. Her pesky dog possessed a bad habit of stealing shoes and hiding them wherever he pleased. While silently scorning her pet she searched under her bed and the couch. Finally, she spotted her missing shoe behind the door. While tempted to yell at the dog, she knew she had only herself to blame and sprinted out the door instead.

After checking the time, maybe she would only be a little late after all. It was 8:55 a.m. and she knew that if she could make the drive to school quicker, she would make it to class sooner than expected.  That assumption was mistake No. 3 because she didn’t foresee was that every single stoplight would turn red upon her arrival. This caused her to be stuck in the middle of morning traffic. Her hands moved up and down the steering wheel anxiously and she muttered "c'mon, c'mon, c'mon".

When she finally turned into the school parking lot, she took a deep breath. Her clock said 8:59 a.m. She was late, but not too late.

Her next task was to find a parking spot. Mistake No. 4 was hoping that she could find a close one. On the days when she actually did arrive on time, it was still nearly impossible. She quickly circled the parking lot for the first time, desperately looking out her window at every parking stall. Every spot was taken. She circled once more; this time more carefully searching to see if there were any available stalls she may have missed before. Nothing.

Reluctantly, she decided to park in a different lot that was farther away. Only there, was she able to finally find a spot. She swerved into the stall, coming to a screeching halt. It was 9:05 a.m. and she knew that she would not only be late, but really late. Her day was not off to a good start. She jumped out of her car, grabbed her bag and sprinted to class.

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