Nutty Professors

When it comes to university professors, I’ve decided that they’re a lot like mixed nuts. Some are soft and have you wanting to come back for more, while others are very hard and leave a bad taste in your mouth.

I decided for my first post that I would talk about something which every student who is either on the WT campus, or who is looking to go to WT, would be able to relate to: professors.

In my years of experience at WT, I have come across a myriad of different professors. One who stands out in my mind was an elitist who tried at every opportunity to make the students feel stupid. He would go on and on about something that could have been explained just as easily in fewer, smaller words. That, however, wasn’t his style, and if he wasn’t showing off how much he knew, he probably didn’t feel like he was doing anything worth-while.

On the other end of that spectrum, however, I have had a professor who is very open to the students’ thoughts and ideas, and even encourages us to make changes to the classroom if we think it could help with our learning. She is very open-minded, and even likes to have the students teach class at times.

And then, you’ve got teachers who are just absolutely crazy. I know a professor who has been known to skip down the halls whistling the theme song to “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” A little odd, but this professor teaches better, is more familiar with his materials, and is genuinely excited about what he teaches more than almost any other professor I can think of.

There’s also a professor who tells stories about his hippie days, and has related some very interesting stories, one of which involved having to remove and discard a license-plate on a certain car he disposed of. This professor, however, has a number of memory tricks and sing-songs that make the materials covered in his class very easy to remember and recall when we have to.

The fact of the matter is though you never know exactly what you’re going to get when it comes to professors, you can bet that you’re going to have a good mixture. So even if one of your professors ends up not being to your liking, just remember that you’ll get to stick your hand back into that jar of nuts and pull out a couple new flavors when the next semester rolls around.

-Jere 🙂

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