She's Baaa-aaack!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
You all remember how...irked...I was when my college class last semester was rife with whiny, entitled, lazy students.

Well, guess what? One of the worst offenders is back. I noticed she was in the class at the beginning, but up until now, she had remained dormant, like the Ebola virus hiding in the jungle.

But then our professor opened a discussion thread on our bulletin board asking for input on how the class can be better. Please note this is my favorite professor in the program - demanding, articulate, helpful. Her response was the usual whining about how she wasn't sure she was meeting the expectations of the class, etc., etc., and how the discussion boards were not as "in depth" as she expected.

I guess it hadn't occurred to her that her grades are a pretty good indicator of her progress, and she has the power to drive the discussions in the direction she's interested in.

Naturally, the professor asked her for suggestions on how he could address her concerns. Her response? " Apparently, it is just me....I'll try to do better."

Now, if I had seen this response with no past experience with her, I might of thought she was taking some personal responsibility for her own learning. In light of my experience, however, I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

I really, really hope I'm wrong.

13 comments:

Jim Wright said...

"...like the Ebola virus hiding in the jungle."

Ha! Great line.

I'd post a response on the bulletin board: "YES, it is just you. STFU now." But, hey, that's must me :)

Jim Wright said...

I swear that stupid typo was NOT in the comment box when I pushed publish.

Apparently though, it's just me.

MWT said...

Are you going to warn the instructor so he doesn't stay up nights tearing out his hair trying to figure out how to help her?

Janiece Murphy said...

Yes, Jim, it's just you.

Hehe.

I won't get snarky on the boards, no matter how much I want to.

MWT, the professor is a good guy and I'm quite sure he can handle it.

The guy effectively slapped me upside the head earlier this year, and now he's my favorite professor, so he definitely knows how to handle people.

vince said...

The guy effectively slapped me upside the head earlier this year, and now he's my favorite professor...

So what you're saying is you like being slapped upside the head?

::runs away and hides, knowing he'll pay for that comment but also knowing it was just too good to pass up::

Janiece Murphy said...

Vince, like the Smart Boy, you can be replaced with a Romanian orphan boy named "Dmitri."

I like being challenged, and this prof doesn't let me get away with doing a half-ass job.

But of course you knew that. Which is why I'm calling the orphanage.

Random Michelle K said...

Ha ha Vince!

I can't be replaced! No one saved the receipt!

Carol Elaine said...

Michelle, in some places you can be exchanged, even without the receipt.

Just sayin'...

(Don't ask me how I know this. *sniff*)

Nathan said...

MIchelle,

Are you just saying we'll have to get along without you? What a shame.

:P

Random Michelle K said...

Nope. I can't be taken back because there no receipt, can't be upgraded, because the EULA was violated (and really, have you read the thing? Pretty much as soon as you're capable of making conscious decisions the EULA is violated), and currently no recycling facilities exist.

So I'm around for the duration.

Random Michelle K said...

And Nathan?

ppffftt!

John the Scientist said...

Michelle- there's always Ebay.

Random Michelle K said...

John, you have to post a picture of the item. I figure I'm safe.

;)