The Late Paper
announced in her syllabus for Psychology 101 that final term papers had to be in her
hands by 12:00 noon on December 18. No students, she emphasized, would pass the course without a
completed term paper turned in on time. As the semester drew to a close,
had an “A” average in
Professor Freud’s psychology class, and she began researching her term paper with excitement.
Kim’s boyfriend, felt threatened that he had only a high school diploma while his girlfriend, Kim,
was getting closer and closer to having a college degree.
Arnold worked in a bakery where his friend
began teasing that Kim would soon dump Arnold for a college guy.
That’s when Arnold started
accusing Kim of seeing other guys and demanded that she quit college.
She told Arnold that he was being
In fact, she said a handsome young man in her history class had asked her out a number of times,
but she had always refused.
Instead of feeling better, Arnold now became even more angry.
continuing to tease him at work, Arnold became convinced Kim was dating someone else, and he began
telling her everyday that she was stupid and would never get a degree.
Despite the tensions at home, Kim finished her psychology term paper the day before it was due.
did not have her own car, Kim decided to take the bus to the college and turn in her psychology paper a day
While she was waiting for the bus,
, one of Kim’s psychology classmates pulled up in her car
and invited Kim to join her and some other students for an end-of-semester celebration.
Kim told Cindy that
she needed to turn in her term paper, and Cindy promised she’d make sure Kim got it in on time.
some fun,” Kim decided, so she hopped into the car. The celebration went long into the night.
asking Cindy to take her home, but Cindy always responded, “Don’t be such a bore.
Have another drink.”
When Cindy finally took Kim home it was 4:30 in the morning.
When Kim woke up the next day, it was 11:30, just 30 minutes until her term paper was due.