TAKS. It is the standardized test that has plagued the land of Texas for years. It makes children cry, teenagers throw up, and adults bight their nails. For seniors TAKS week is a week of relaxation and oversleeping. For this senior, on the other hand, it is a week of normal mornings and extreme boredom. You see, I have college classes at 7 a.m. that are not connected to the TAKS test in any way. I'm sure I would enjoy this week more if there was any way that I could sleep in. But there is not.