People never cease to amaze me. That's been one of the most...let's just say, enlightening aspects about being back in college. I'm learning more about people than about the courses I'm taking. Some of what I'm learning...is a little disheartening.
Good news...this semester, my professor KICKS ASS. She's the KICK ASSINGEST professor I could want, or have, or imagine. Of course, she did NOT have a hard act to follow after Cletus!!
My 20 classmates are typical...a hodge podge of people...good, bad, and ugly, all fighting for the same limited number of spots in the nursing program.
Yesterday, a certain "academically challenged" woman in the front row calls the professor over for a chat. We were on a break and most of the class was out of the room. I had my nose buried in my $233.82 textbook, but couldn't help but overhear the conversation, as she sits directly in front of me.
It went like this:
WOMAN: "OK...Ms.C...I noticed that there is only one guy in the class...Sam. Since he's the only guy in the class, I think that he should get a little bonus on his tests...say 5 points."
MS. C: "Hahahahahahaha"
WOMAN: "Actually, I'm serious...he's brave enough to sit in here with all of us women...I think he deserves something. Also, I'm the only black person in the class...so maybe I should get a 5 point bonus, as well."
*silence....a silence that I wanted to fill with murderous shrieks*
Ms.C waited. She must've been giving this woman a chance to deliver the punchline...the "ba-dum-bum" part of her speech. When it didn't come, Ms.C finally said...
"Uh...Ms.A...I hadn't even noticed. If you want 5 points on your test, you should study and earn them, like everyone else. Nice try, though!!!!!"
With that, she turned and walked away. I'm pretty sure I heard Ms.C mutter under her breath, "You fuckin' BITCH!" But, that might've been me...I'm not entirely sure.
At this point, I jump up on my desk and start doing this very awkward and unflattering..."You just got TOLD" / "Ms.C, I think I love you" dance!!
I sat back down from my imaginary "victory over ignorance" dance...reeling after what I'd just witnessed.
Words don't often escape me...but, after this...they did. My thoughts were frantically swimming, and colliding, and exploding. I had to cover my mouth with my hand to hold them in.
People NEVER cease to amaze me.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Posted by Nikki B. at 7:09 AM