The month of January has been very exciting for me because I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for years. I started grad school at Georgia State University! I was thrilled to register for classes, relieved when my financial aid came through and nervous about my first day of class. So, to ease my anxiety, I prepared myself like any other college student would. I bought new binders, notebooks, pens, pencils, white out, loose leaf paper, sticky notes, tab dividers and a shiny red apple to place on my professor’s desk. I proudly packed all of my acutrements into my brand new back pack and started my way towards school. I’m in college!
I slowly walked towards room 496, peeked inside and chose a seat. I was nervous, but I tried to play it cool so the other students in the class wouldn’t notice my sweaty underarms. I laid all of my new school supplies on my desk and waited patiently for the other students to arrive.
The professor, I’ll call him Santa Clause (well, because he looks like St. Nicholas) spent the next hour explaining the list of 13 assignments I was responsible for completing by the end of April. I took precise notes as not to miss any instruction. Some of the students were very relaxed and familiar with Santa Claus. Then it was revealed that they were students in his class the previous semester. Since they were all so friendly with one another, they saw it fitting to laugh, joke and discuss casual things. I had no time for this, I needed the remainder of my instructions so I could go home and immediately start on my 13 assignments.
So, as I interrupted their casual conversation and began shooting questions at the professor, the other students in class gave me the ever-popular side eye. (The side eye, my dear friends, is a facial expression one recieves when exhibiting questionable, rude, or offensive behavior). Ignoring the side eyes that were piercing through me I continued my questioning because I paid well over $2,000 to become a student at Georgia State University and I plan to get my money’s worth. So, no casual conversations for me and to hell with the side eye chicks. I’m in grad school! And I feel smart as hell!
Have you ever be subject to the side-eye? And what has been the most exciting part of 2010 for you?