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ask and ye shall receive

I was feeling completely crushed by the amount of work given to us, mainly from this one particular class. A lot of us had been complaining about it for a long time, but nobody had the guts to swallow their pride and go tell the professor how we felt.

Today, it reached a climax when he handed out another homework (the last one I turned in was 40 pages, and the current one--due in 2 days and assigned two weeks ago, I'm about 25% of the way done with and have been working on it every day--aside from the one where I suffered complete mental breakdown from stress and lay on my floor feeling sorry for myself.)

Since I alledgedly "have the best rapport with him," I was elected the one to go to talk to him about it. I brought backup with me as a show of support, and basically told him what he was putting us through. I toned it down a little, so as not to seem whiney--but gave him some idea that the work was just too much. He said he was surprised that nobody had said anything. "If I'd have known, I would have done something about it. I'd be happy to give you an extension."

The others who heard later about the extension were so grateful to me, I received thank yous and hugs the rest of the day. I saw a lot of stern faces turn into a sigh of relief and even--a smile. This made me feel good... for the first time in a while. I think things are going to be ok.

Also, I took my first midterm yesterday and aced it. At most, I may have dropped a minus sign, but the most probable score is 100%. (Not the same class--the slave class is no tests and all homework, which in my opinion is a real shitty way to run a class... but hey, it's his prerogative.)

Anyway--the lesson I learned is... if you have a problem, TELL SOMEBODY. For some reason, a lot of us have too much pride to do that. But it works!

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gustavolacerda
Nov. 5th, 2003 01:41 am (UTC)
Yes, it's strange how hard it is for feedback to be given for some things. Some professors can be COMPLETELY oblivious to the way students feel about a class. I guess it's difficult to judge how difficult something is when you're way above that level, and there's no culture of asking for feedback in an appropriate way (asking in front of the whole class can be intimidating).

Although I'm not usually a good representative of class's feelings, this makes me feel better about being the one who always interrupts and asks questions.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 6th, 2003 03:54 am (UTC)
:) good for you Jeff.

-- Jen (Raccuglia)
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