I never really wanted to sit for the paper.

In fact, I enquired whether an absent grade would look better on my cert than a fail. But they said econs was my only humanities, it would be important for university.

So I decided I would try.

But in there, I didn’t try. I didn’t try at all. I didn’t even read the questions.

I just scribbled a few lines on my answer sheet explaining that I did nothing and there would be no need for the examiner to panic over loose answer scripts.

Just give me my zero, I wrote.

And I had to sit in the pressure cooker for one hour before the invigilator was willing to let me out.

Some kind of experience.

This time I will really make sure the comments are closed.