(Closed) done my degree, but what a strange ending

posted 7 years ago in College
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m not even sure what he meant by “too reductive in a Freudian way”. And what exactly is Metaphysical Shakespeare.

< – science nerd.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had several odd experiences through my college years. The one that is most fresh in my mind is the Professor I had who was furious with the University and to boycott them showed up the first day and told us he had no intention of teaching. That he was going to give us the three required tests on the first day and to come back with them completed the last day for credit. He said if we had any questions he would be in the classroom on the days we met reading the paper.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@brandy-lynn: Haha, wow. That is so odd!

I’ve gotten a written comment of “I’m not sure I like this argument, but you make it seem like it works, so nice job.” Eh, ok? 

I’ve also had a prof in undergrad call me at 8am for our 9am class (noooo idea how he got my #, as I was a student, not his TA) to ask if I wanted to run class because he was sick. Noooo, I’d rather sleep, thanks. And if I can teach this class, then why am I in it?! 

Sometimes I think the profs have a bottle of wine and ridiculous amounts of cream puffs before they comment 😉

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Firefliesflash: Wow… Was it an important class? Was it the foundation for higher level classes?

@kaylee26: I agree. OP, what is Metaphysical Shakespeare? What is too reductive in a Freudian way? Were you arguing that all Ophelia wanted was a penis? Tongue Out

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I had a prof come to class DRUNK at 8 am every class.

he then tried to werstle students, sang an easterbonnet song, and called us wordsmiths.

Then he gave the entire class D’s because he could.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@indibee: You’re right about the wine. Marking is mind numbingly dull and often very depressing, so wine can be helpful!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a teacher do that once. He hated an argument I made, disagreed with it – but noticed I raised several important questions and my argument,in and of itself, was sound. 

As in – it’s not a theory he agreed with or wanted to believe, but – as I had argued it and shown proof – I raised several important issues and raised them in a way that when extrapolating evidence by looking at things in a different light – gave them potential credibility. 

It’s solid good work, he just personally doens’t like it. There’s nothing to fault with it though. 

Academics interpret things differently. Sounds like a mature professor. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Lemma: I TAed this semester, and you bet your boots I was grew to love my Sunday night wine while I graded! I’m sure the liquor store was glad my class got so many assignments, they were making $$ off of me. LOL.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Lemma: Nah, it was a stupid Sociology class.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@indibee: I’ve been TAing for over 3 years now and until a few days ago I managed to resist the urge to drink and mark. Pages and pages of badly written and often completely opposite to the truth answers finally broke me. Now I think I will do it more often in the future! After marking so many exams, you end up on autopilot and a little wine isn’t going to be a problem. 

What class did you TA for?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Firefliesflash: Well thank goodness for that. I was picturing it being intro calculus or something like that and you being completely screwed for the rest of university.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Lemma: Oh yeah, if I had been something important I would have flipped out and made A big fuss. But since it was a generic required crappy class I was sooo happy haha!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Lemma: I TAed in undergrad for a sociology course I was in, and that was easy enough since I just attended the class discussions and graded the MC portions of exams. No drinking in the prof office, so I was a good for all of that.

Now I’m a TA for a different class, so I graded all sorts of short answer assignments, so by the 5th or 6th one I knew the answers by heart and I could take a glass or two of wine to finish all of the others. Autopilot for sure!

What do you TA for? The same class for 3 yrs?

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@indibee: Short answer assignments are so dull to mark! 

I TA for a different class each trimester. It kind of varries depending on what’s offered and which profs are teaching which classes. I often do introductory mathematical economics which is a good one because I love marking math. It’s so black and white and if they get the right answer, you can give them full marks without even looking at their work! Usually they don’t get the right answer though. 

This semester I was TAing business history because my supervisor was the prof. It was an interesting class, but a pain to mark because all of the questions were essay/long answer type questions. It means there’s a lot of judgement that needs to go into marking because you have to sift through all of the crap to try and figure out whether the student knows anything at all. 

Does legal writing have black and white answers? I’m not even sure what legal writing would teach exactly…

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