Can I Talk to You After Class?

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  1. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    I have that kid in my religion class. Except that it’s a he, and his life is not quite the soap opera Mindy’s is. He just rambles on and on and never gets to the point.

    And I know everything about his life.

  2. Vodka Mom says:

    oh sweet jesus, that was HYSTERICAL. whew. oh wait. That wasn’t Bitchy was It???

  3. Jeni says:

    Well, if I may answer Vodka Mom’s question about her comments maybe being bitchy -most certainly, they were not! Honest yes, bitchy, no.
    I chuckled the whole way through reading this post as it brought back a lot of memories of my own experiences as a returning adult student between 1990 and 1994. Having been out of the classroom for oh, a mere 28 years when I enrolled in college, I was in a state of shock much of my first semester -and the subsequent 7 semesters too though -listening to the “normal” age students posing questions to the professors about their grades, requests for extra credit (oh my yes, lots of those) and just plain denial about responsibility for completing assignments and/or simply showing up for class or not, in a class that stated boldly on the syllabus that attendance was mandatory and configured into the grade.
    In one class, I remember quite well, an assignment made and noted on the syllabus was that we were to write sort of a biography about ourselves. Plenty of time had been given to complete this project and yet, the day it was due, there was this one kid -oh, about 18-19 years old -crying the blues that he didn’t realize he had to do said assignment and was regretfully, unprepared, hadn’t even begun it as a matter of fact but boy, he just KNEW if he had known about the assignment, his paper would have been just really excellent! My eyebrows are still arched I think to this day from my state of shock in hearing his excuses.
    I’m glad on one hand you have students like this -provides for some really interesting and often very humorous reading material here but on the other hand, I’m also really sorry you or any other instructor, has to be plagued by students with thought processes such as shown in these posts. I’d be banging my head against a brick wall for sure or reaching for some form to use to do away with said student quickly -undetected too -in short order. Patience is a virtue, I know, but I am not always a very virtuous individual ya know!
    Great post! Oh, and Peace too!

  4. chelle says:

    oh my goodness. I cannot imagine having to hear all that!! How do you keep a straight face?!?!?

  5. Becky Cazares says:

    Hysterical! And I believe every word of it! I’m in college for the first time at age 50 and the things you hear are just unbelievable. Makes me shudder regarding the next generation. Surely I wasn’t this self-absorbed at 18, was I? Thanks for being willing to put up with it for the sake of the few who will go on to discover the cure for cancer or run for president or something! (Hopefully not Mindy!)

  6. lime says:

    oh dear me. i know you change names to protect the ….um…er… your students. could this child be the daughter of a former neighbor of mine? it was all so familiar….

  7. Shania says:

    How in the world did you ever uncombobulate your brain in time for your next class?

  8. Anette says:

    that was one funny story!

  9. Star says:

    Well. I am not sure quite what to say. I am qite amazed she is enrolled in college. And , she does have a plan. For a PR butt lift.

  10. citizen of the world says:

    Ah, there’s one in every class, isn’t there? I’m sure I’ve met her older twin.

  11. jess says:

    “Unfloobernoodling” is my new favorite word.

  12. Jazz says:

    Wow. Good thing you’re a blogger, imagine all the stories that would be lost!

  13. Jazz says:

    Oh, and there’s an award waiting for you at my blog.

  14. Ian Lidster says:

    I came here via Jazz and I am so happy I did. Great visitation and I shall be back.

  15. steve says:

    So did she get the loan? To get her butt done? I’m going to have her next semester, aren’t I.

  16. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    There’s a few like her that have come into the library lately. I’ll have to see if any of them are researching foreign butt jobs…

  17. Say It says:

    cripes!!I’m not sure I could have stood there as long as you did. And why am I not shocked that alcoholism is the topic of choice?? I never realized what an icebreaker, I have herpes, is. yikes.

  18. Mother Theresa says:

    I am laughing my “culo” off! Tell your student that she should learn the phrase “me quiero operar el culo” and at least everyone will know what she wants once she gets to San Juan. I still don’t get how you didn’t end up rolling on the floor in fits of laughter. 😀

  19. Franki says:

    Herpes is the new black.

    I bet you were missing your yogurt.

    Fantastic post.

  20. tut-tut says:

    Poor kids, is all I can say.

  21. Pam says:

    God. That’s all I can say. All you want is a spoonful of yoghurt and look what the universe dishes up.

  22. Minnesota Matron says:

    Oh my goodness. The Matron will immediately send Mindy a check for that butt job!

    And that circling mind? Amazing.

  23. Steve says:

    You get around, girl. Check out this link to my friend’s blog in Hawaii:

    http://chop-wood-carry-water.blogspot.com/2008/11/deplorable-state-of-public-schools.html

    Then follow that link to his friend’s blog “College at 50.”

  24. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    Oy. Yikes. Lord have mercy.

    I am fairly speechless.

    Just a thought… I wonder if yogurt helps herpes.

  25. cathy says:

    Did you have time to eat your yoghurt?

    My life is a picnic!

  26. pistols at dawn says:

    Holy effing Christ. I need to get me to a community college, stat, and start dating in order to pick up the inspiration for my first book, The Children Are Our Future: Why You Might Want to Start Idling Your Car in Your Garage For Hours On End.

    That’s much better than my first title, hence the deletion.

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