This week has been pretty hectic. Everything was a blur of math equations, stress, BBQ ribs, and chamber music. (And I’m pretty sure the living room in our dorm causes illnesses. It smells like sawdust, and I got a fever after sitting in there for 3 hours. Seems legit.)
I miss the high school days. For you high school students out there, you are extremely lucky right now. Your grades aren’t solely determined by 2 midterms and a final, you have family to chill with on weekends, and you’re living the best 4 years of your life*.
*Note: There are exceptions.
When I look back, a dozen things pop into my head on what I should have done, what I could have done, and what I would have done if given the chance to relive high school all over again. Instead of boring you with a laundry list of my goals and regrets, here are some phrases you should not say to your high school teacher.
(Some of these I thought up, and some of these were actually spoken by a student to a teacher.)
- “Of course this material is easy for the guy who dedicated his entire career to teaching it.”
- “It’s not like we need to know this in real life.”
- “People are starving in Africa, and we’re analyzing the iambic pentameter of Shakespeare?”
- “I didn’t mean anything I wrote in that essay, actually.”
- “Uh, I think I deserve a higher grade.”
- “You misspelled a word.”
- “My poor grade reflects your inability to teach, not my ability to learn.”
- “Hey dawg, how’s it going?” (Note: some hip teachers actually prefer being called Dawg, particularly if their first name is Doug.)
- “You’re only 30? Wow, I thought you were a grandmother.”
- “I need this recommendation letter by tomorrow. Thanks!”