Post # 1
Ah, how my day has already started out so wonderfully. *Cough*
I’m 22 and I teach college level speech. While preparing the classroom early this morning, another instructor walks in to get something out of the closet. She says, with no other introduction,
“What do you teach?”
“Oh. I liked speech, but I loved my speech instructor. He was much older, but I guess that’s okay.”
Maybe I’m just overly senstitive to the age comments, but, seriously, keep them to yourself, lady.
Post # 3
I totally get it. I’m 24, and for my Master’s degree, I spent some time interning in a high school. Every week or two, a student would come behind the desk, sit next to me, and ask if I was a new student.
“No, I work here.” “Oh, like a high school teacher cadet thing?” “I’m 23.” “What???? No, you look my age.” “Thanks…”
Post # 4
Haha I get that a lot too. I’m 24 and I’m student teaching in a high school right now. For the first few weeks, I kept getting yelled at by the security people at the high school for being out of class when i was in the halls. I had to kindly tell them I was a teacher, to which they always laughed. I’ve been told to enjoy it while it lasts 🙂
Post # 5
To be honest…take it as a compliment. I got the same thing when I was in my 20s, and I loved it. Now that I’m 31, I love it even more. Just have a polite comeback that will make them think twice about what they said. Something like, “I know I’m young, but I love what I do and so do my students.”
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA
When I first started my job (web developer) I mentioned something in conversation about my “father-in-law”. My co-worker’s jaw dropped and he went, “Wait…’father-in-law’?!? You’re MARRIED?!!?!?” I said, well, I’m engaged, but “father-in-law” is a lot faster to say than “future-father-in-law” or whatever, so…
He goes, “What! I thought you were 17.”
Wow, buddy, thanks. I’m 22. How would I have graduated college, gotten a degree, and gotten a full-time job if I were only 17? Sheesh.
It’s annoying, but don’t let it get to you 🙂
Post # 7
I work as a consultant for Healthcare IT so I travel a lot and I’m tall so I need the extra legroom the exit row provides. Well a year or so ago I was sitting in the plane on the way to a business trip and the flight attendant asked me if I was old enough to sit in the exit row!! You have to be 15 to sit in an exit row! I was 23 at the time. And of course my coworkers heard and teased me about it for weeks.
Post # 8
I’ve had this problem for years and I don’t take it as a compliment. I’ll be 28 in a couple of months and people think I’m 18. I have been asked numerous times if I will ever go to college. When I tell them I graduated college almost 7 years ago they look shocked as if they don’t believe me.
It’s frustrating. Especially when people call me “kiddo” or tell me I look their daughter’s age. It’s beyond annoying to be ID’d. I’m closer to 30 than I am 20, yet people don’t even think I’m 20. It’s even more frustrating that I’m a bride and some people don’t look at me that way 🙁
Post # 9
I totally feel you on that! I am 23 and look young according to some people. Some older man asked me once (when I was 22) “are you 16, or 17?”
I work in sales, so when I walk into stores/customers places of business, if we haven’t met yet they often think I am a highschool student applying for a job. Awkward way to start a sales pitch!
Post # 10
I don’t think it’s a bad thing! Especially when you’re really not that much older than the students you’re teaching — I have a lot of friends who taught high school right out of college and they expressed similar things. It won’t be that way forever. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m turning 29 on Monday and I love that people think I’m younger!!!!!!
I finishing up my doctoral degree and teach university students! They always think I am 23 or 24 and are shocked that I am married! I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT!!!!!
Post # 12
i get that A LOT!!! i have been told that i look 15-16, i am turning 22 this year! My sister and I went to the same high school, in her first year (grade 7) I was in grade 10, and I would walk her to her classroom before going to my locker room. One day they were going on a field trip, they wore casual clothes. (here in Australia all schools have uniforms). one girl came up to me and said ‘aren’t you going on the trip?’ i said ‘no I’m in grade 10…’ ‘oh, sorry’
like some PPs, many people have said ‘you’ll love it when you’re older/30’ that’s fine, but i am not 30, i am 21 and being told i look like a 15/16 year old. i hate it
Post # 13
I can’t remember any work related comments (although it has happened). But a few times when I’ve been with SO (who’s 11.5 years older) his friends have said: “so how old are you?” I would never dream of asking anyone that but I respond “21” and they take a sharp intake of breath and go “oh… really?”. They sound so surprised, and it sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable.
Post # 14
I wanted to add that it didn’t bother me when I was youger either. When I was 20 and I was at a bar, drinking age is 19 here, this woman was in the bathroom at the same time as me and my friends. She couldn’t believe we were old enough and pointed at each of us saying how old we looked she came to me last and just said “And you – you look like a baby!” LOL
Honestly we just laughed it off.
It’s way better than someone thinking you look older isn’t it????
Post # 15
@FMM: I can see how some people would think that, but for me it’s worse. I’m 28 and having people think I’m in high school is just embarassing. I’m an adult and working at my career and people don’t take me seriously.
Post # 16
Ooo… I once got asked for ID in a country thats drinking age was 16!! WTF?