(Wo)man of Constant Sorrow

“I don’t mind you having an education; as long as it doesn’t interfere with your thinking.”  Lorne “Ben Cartwright” Green in Bonanza

Being in college doesn’t automatically translate into thinking.  Rather, it doesn’t always translate into learning.  Our brains are in a perpetual motion of thinking, but are we really learning something?  Where are our minds while our bodies are in class?

Today, I am posting a virtual plea for my fellow classmates who are so anxious to leave their classes on a daily basis nearly fifteen minutes before class ends. They’re assembling papers, packing books and digging feet into the floor as if at a starter’s block of a marathon.  Then comes the intermittent stream sighs from said students, imitating a slow leak on a bike tire.  Merely showing up and gracing the class with your presence, annoying impatience and all—is hardly considerate to those who actually are there to learn.  Unless you are a genius, bored with the curriculum, you have to suck it up with the rest of us who are mere mortals.  Despite the reason you’ve chosen to attend college; whether it is out of necessity, or just considered a “rite of passage” into adulthood—face it: you’re here to learn. 

Maybe I’m just a crabby old girl with terrible writer’s block.  However, I’m not the only non-traditional student who has the same lament.  Young geniuses: embrace the fullness of your educational opportunity–down to its very last second. Your moment of learning is now.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 15:49:10

    Geez Louise. I wish every student would read and embrace these thoughts, Jennifer.

    You have been given the chance to return to school and make it mean something. Because of that, you’ll have a more rewarding education. Some of your peers haven’t had any opportunity to make it personal yet.



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