Friday, May 29, 2009

College Flashback (a boring one)

Two weeks out...time to taper.

For tomorrow, I know I'll be running between 5-10 miles. I'd really like to run 12, but that all depends on when I wake up. Lazy, lazy.


In other news, I got my first Admitted Student newsletter from my law school and my first reaction to reading it was "Law school is hard already."

Apparently, some students have been hounding the dean for reading lists for the semester so they can get a "head start" on driving me crazy the required reading.

And you know all those gunners will totally be in my section.

I was an English major, so I have a tiny bit of experience with these types. A college literature classes is a true breeding ground for insufferable know-it-alls...

Now I'm having PTSD style flashbacks...the never-ending hand raising...the arguing with the professor...the frequent and incorrect use of the word "dichotomy"...the stench of pretension...

But thanks to those students (and years of practice) I can pull off a really impressive eye-roll. It can give you whiplash.

I remember sitting in my Gothic Literature class the day after the presidential election (in 2004) and listening to my professor and his minions (aka my peers) whine whine WHINE about the outcome of the election and I completely SNAPPED.

I wasn't making a political statement, I just didn't want to talk about the election in my literature class.

I don't remember my exact tirade, but I basically said that this "debate" was self-serving, inappropriate and idiotic. It was encroaching on class time. It had nothing to do with Poe or Billy Budd the Sailor. And it was making the rest of the class uncomfortable.

One girl spun around in her seat to make her appeal, saying "I just have a problem with--"

And I replied "I just have a problem with you cutting me off."

That pretty much squashed it. The professor apologized and class resumed.

Jokes on me though; he gave me B in the class.

Oh well, it was TOTALLY worth it.


  1. It gets better after the first year. But yeah, the first year gunners are the most annoying human beings to grace the face of this earth. You will want to die on many occasions. And that is why I recommend taking notes on your computer. They start babbling, you start checking facebook. Whaaat? It didn't hurt my GPA too much :)

    And reading lists before the semester starts? What the hell for? They won't have a flippin' clue as to what they are supposed to be reading for. Good Lord.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I LOVE this post. I dropped out of the English major because I couldn't take the know-it-alls anymore! Way to speak up!

  3. Id love to see that eye roll

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  4. Oh my gosh, I know exactly what you are talking about. I hate it when people get on their soap box during a class that is entirely off topic to what they are talking about. I am so glad you said something! Good for you. And congrats on the B :)