Bo (_boneflower_) wrote in dot_edu_snark,
Bo
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I may not teach, but...

Dear fellow students,

I realize how hard it must be for you to comprehend that I am here to learn, seeing as how I'm likely the only person here who paid my tuition out of my own pocket. I'm not going to ask much from you, but I will remind you of something before we have any further interaction:

I am nobody's bitch, calendar, cheat sheet, study buddy, or reminder service. You want to know when the test is? Look on the goddamned syllabus. You want to know where the library is? It's a small campus. Look out the window, or maybe at a directory. You want to know, just this very morning, if we had anything due today? If I say 'yes', does your homework suddenly appear out of your ass or something?

I came here to learn. I get sick of you sitting there with your thumbs up your butts while I'm the only person responding to the teacher's questions - not like I don't sit in silence for thirty or forty seconds, every time, to see if one of you has something to say.

Maybe it's my own damned fault for trying to save money by taking some courses at a community college. But grow the fuck up. Just because I'm smart, that doesn't mean I'm stupid.

Very sincerely,
The only person in the front row
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Been there, feel your pain. Are you planning on transferring elswhere to pursue a degree?
Absolutely!
I can promise you, it gets better...especially if you enter into a field that is very competitive, and that has a mechanism to cull the herd as students progress. I'm a graphic design major and just went through a portfolio review at the end of my junior year, which decides who gets to go on to the senior sequence based on attendance, quality of work, dedication, ambitions, talents in a specific field, and so forth.
I'm an archaeology major. I expect the lamers to fall by the wayside fairly rapidly... *cackles evilly*
Hmm, I thought people at community colleges were less likely to have it paid for by parents.

And not all of us who aren't earning the money are lazy schmucks. I work very hard and am quite appreciative that I don't have to try to work full-time (which would result in about 2 hours of sleep/homework time, with my major).

Anyway, I do sympathize.
You know, I thought so, too. But every person I run into there, slouching at their desk, seems to mutter (at one point during the semester): "I don't really care, my parents are paying for this." Maybe it's just my school... But the least they could do is act like you, and be appreciative of a free (mostly free, etc.) damned education!
Peculiar. Maybe they had that attitude in high school, so now their parents are forcing them to go to community college so they can transfer?

I wish parents wouldn't force their kids to go to college -- having classes full of people who don't want to be there is annoying for the rest of us!
I think it depends on region.