A guide to medical etiquette: deadlines
- By: David McAllister
End of term should be a joyous occasion, yet for some reason it is not. Instead people seem belligerent. They are snappish with their families and flatmates, and don't stop to chat with their colleagues. Even as Christmas approaches we see this kind of conduct.
The reason is, of course, that they have essay and report deadlines.
To the casual observer, it is always obvious when a deadline is imminent. Computer rooms are crammed with scruffy looking students with wild staring eyes. They sit with a pile of textbooks on one side and fumble with the mouse at the other while they drop biscuit crumbs into the keyboard's innards.
Screams are often heard as people discover that their disk has been corrupted or that they have saved their magnum opus on an incompatible version of MS Word. Others are seen rocking back and forward repeating the phrase “sorry, low toner,”