I really hate self-absorbed people. They piss me off. Sorry for the language, but it’s true. They go through this world, not caring one lick about what they do and how it might effect the people around them. I get particularly ticked when their self-absorbedness (is that a word?!) effects me. Specifically, I’m talking about one of my teachers who has spent this whole term being a self-absorbed bastard. Today, I have to take his final and I’m not looking forward to it. I’m glad that I’m getting it over with first, though. That way I can move on with my life.
So, you ask what is my beef with this teacher? Well, I’ll be glad to tell you. Number one, he didn’t teach this term. Instead, he stood up at the front of the room and parroted slides to us every day. I went to class out of respect for the educational system and in hopes that he would give us a glimmer of information that we couldn’t get by reading the slides that are posted on the book’s website (yes, these aren’t even slides that he made up. These are straight from the author of the textbook). Number two, throughout the term he emphasize how he was going to check up on lab partner situations, etc to make sure everything was going smoothly with everyone. He never did this. Instead, at the end of the term when it made no difference, he gave us a questionnaire that had a couple questions about our lab partners. It’s a bit late, buddy, if we have problems with the person. Thankfully, I had two good lab partners and we were able to get everything finished. Number three, the one time that I tried to email him about a problem I had, he sent back an extremely arrogant email telling me how if I had attended class then I would know the answer to that question and then didn’t answer the question. If he hadn’t been so absorbed in his research to actually take note of what happens in class, he would have known that I had attended every single class up to that point and that I had also asked questions in class. Number four, in reference to why I emailed him rather than just going to his office in person and asking him the question…. his office hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays between ten am and noon. I am either at work or in class during those hours on both of those days. When I mentioned this to him at the beginning of the term and told him that it would be a problem for me, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Just email me then and I’ll be glad to answer any of your questions over email.” We all saw how well that went over.
For these reasons and others, I’m just counting the hours until I’m done with him this term and praying that he improves his attitude before the fall because I have to take another class from the man then. Nyargh!!!!!!!