I hadn't dreamt about classes for many years, but now that I'm back in school finishing up my bachelor's degree I for some reason am having those dreams again
Last night the dream was that I was in a physical classroom for an English class. I am in fact taking an English class - writing for the professions 2 - but it's all online. In this class I came in barely on time with my books and realized I hadn't read the assignment for the week. I tried to look up the assignment but couldn't read the chapter information.
I'll note that this is a common "dream issue" - that it's hard to read text, and that if you re-read text usually it will have changed. So this is a way I know I'm dreaming, if the text changes. So at this point I did get a sense that I was dreaming but not enough to fully become lucid in the dream.
So I gave up on reading the chapter and just sat down. The teacher came around and passed out a snap quiz on what we were assigned, and commented to me that I should start waking up earlier. I felt a bit embarrassed. I figured I'd try my best on the quiz.
The questions were wild. One was about Chinese. It said something like
Xin Chang means Twing
and I was supposed to write a short essay on that. It was baffling. I couldn't even tackle it. I couldn't even understand what the question was asking. The second one was more "English" but equally nonsensical to me. Finally the fifth question said something like
Explain the issues between Tarot(R) and Tarote.
For some reason this one finally made sense. I knew that there was a company who had registered the name "Tarot" and made everyone else use the alternate spelling of Tarote for their cards and products. So I could write about why this upset me, that someone could claim a name like that.
That's when I woke up.
The name thing, I think relates to a company that wanted to take over my BellaOnline.com site because they had expensive lawyers and wanted our high traffic. We had to enlist the free legal team at DePaul University to protect us and luckily that was successful. But that was very stressful. I was talking about it recently with some people so I think that is what spawned that part of the dream.
But I have no idea why the Chinese part came up, unless to my mind that is simply a symbol of "very hard to understand".