At Emerson, Gen Eds can be a necessary evil. We know exactly what we want to do, and Gen Eds can seem like a waste of time. Sometimes they can be great and sometimes they can be god-awful, a lot of times depending on the people who make up the class. So, here are ten people, that without fail, will be in your Gen Ed classes.
1. The one who never shows up
This person shows up on syllabus day and introduces themselves, but after that first day, they will never appear again. Throughout the semester, the professor will ask if anyone has seen this person, but no one will even know who they are. On the last day of class or key presentation days, they will be there as if nothing has happened and will act confused when the professor asks where they were.
2. The one who does not pay attention
This person will come to class with their laptop out and earbuds in. It can be quite obvious that they are not even remotely listening, and may be watching Netflix or adding things to their Amazon wishlist. If you were to ask them what the professor is talking about, they would not know the answer, nor would they hear the question.
3. The one who complains about Gen Eds
This person knows exactly what they want from Emerson and a Gen Ed is NOT it. They would not even entertain the thought that there are other things worth studying to them other than their major and major classes. Throughout their years here, they will complain about Gen Eds all the time and know exactly how many more they need to take before they are done.
4. The one who wings it the whole class
This person does not know that there even was homework, probably because they were asleep. They have no idea what is going on ever, and are probably not sure what class they are in. They don’t check Canvas and are always asking the professor for an extension. On a side note, they might not even know what Canvas is.
5. The one who thinks they know everything
This person already took this class in high school and therefore thinks they can teach the course. They will raise their hand to every question and will always reference past projects and assignments. The class will become a competition between this student and the professor over who can dominate the class time.
6. The one who is always eating, loudly
This person will always be eating. It may be snacks or it may be full meals with silverware from the dining hall, but loud chewing is usually involved. And it is always annoying.
7. The one who disappears
This person leaves to go to the bathroom every class and then very obviously does not go to the bathroom, and reappears 45 minutes later, possibly wearing a new outfit.
8. The one who is a group project nightmare
This person will audibly groan when a group project is announced. Then, they will either be the slacker, who does nothing, or the leader, who will do most of – to all of the project and then delegate parts out to everyone else. These two people are equally frustrating, which makes YOU then also hate group projects.
9. The one who is a supreme multitasker
This person is doing 12 extracurriculars and three sports and runs a thriving nonprofit and also walks dogs and babysits tarantulas. They believe they are God’s gift to the world and sometimes you might believe it too.
10. The one who is trying to be the teacher’s pet
This person responds to the professor everytime they say something, generally with an “uh huh” or “right” or “good point”. This would be fine except this person is in a lecture class with 70 people, who after a couple times, are not amused.