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    Your Careers Are History

    | ON, Canada | Teachers

    (After twenty minutes of our history lecture, our professor stops and sighs.)

    Professor: “Maybe I sound a little bit conceited when I say this, but none of you are going to find careers. Get used to it.”

    Joke So Old It’s A Ghost

    | Dubuque, IA, USA | Movies & TV, Students

    (This takes place in the sociology class I took. We’re talking about the social aspects of media and the topic of cell phones and young children come up.)

    Student: “I don’t understand why kids are getting cell phones in grade school. I mean, my niece is six. Who’s she gonna call?”

    Half The Class: “Ghostbusters!”

    Cheat You Out Of Your Supervision

    | USA | Exams/Tests, Students, Technology

    (I’m disabled. My instructor should provide a room for me because I have extra time and a computer for my exam.)

    Instructor: “You’re in [room].”

    Me: “Thank you. I can I bring my class laptop?”

    Instructor: “No, you can take your personal laptop.”

    Me: “And who will supervise me?”

    Instructor: “I didn’t find anybody.”

    (I passed an exam in an unsupervised room, with my personal computer with Internet access and with all my lessons available for me. I’m not a cheater, but it’s a cheater’s heaven!)

    Don’t Hate, Just Discriminate

    | Baltimore, MD, USA | Bigotry, Students, Teachers

    (I earned the nickname “Curveball” in my sociology class, because I would always say things that other people wouldn’t and/or poke holes in my classmates’ arguments. I go to a very liberal college, and one day we are discussing discrimination.)

    Professor: “So what do you all have to say about discrimination?”

    Feminist: “It’s a real problem! I mean, there are like no women in business and STEM fields!”

    (She goes on about how we need more female doctors/CEOs/etc.)

    Professor: “Those are good points.”

    Me: “[Feminist], what’s your major, again?”

    Feminist: “Sociology and social work.”

    Me: “Okay. So, humanities? Why not STEM or business?”

    Feminist: “I’m just not interested in that stuff.”

    Me: “EXACTLY! A lot of women just aren’t interested; does that make them fail as women?”

    Black Girl: “Yeah, but discrimination is still a problem! What about racism?”

    Me: “Everyone’s a little bit racist. And you can’t tell me otherwise! In fact, everyone discriminates on gender/body type/race/clothes, etc. Say, if you see a guy, you’d probably more likely talk to him about sports than clothes or celebrity news, right?”

    Black Girl: “Well, yeah, but—”

    Me: “See?! What if he prefers to talk about celebrities? But you assumed he didn’t because he’s a guy. That could be offensive.”

    Black Girl: “But that’s stupid. Why would he be upset over that?”

    Me: “The same reason you would be upset if I asked you if you liked grape soda.”

    Black Guy: “Hey, now! That’s uncalled for!”

    Me: “Is it?”

    The Library Does Not Compute

    | Kent, England, UK | Homework, Lazy/Unhelpful, Students

    (I overhear this conversation while walking past the university library.)

    Guy #1: “I hadn’t expected a computing course to be so much hard work… all the reading and stuff!”

    Guy #2: “Oh, I don’t even bother with the library. I just Wiki it.”


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