Saturday, July 7, 2012

Expect 5 more weeks of my head pounding the wall.

Lesson #1: Students should never, ever, have been given access to their professor's (or in my case, lecturer's) email addresses. 

Because when that happened, ridiculousness like this began to occur:

Email, dated yesterday, 11:30 am:
Dear Ms Rebecca

Nice to meent you!
I am a student whose name is [name] (student ID: [#]).

As I attended class from Tuesday, I decided to take this class and I
completed the changing class form on the document.

I hope you to enroll me in the class, and please send me the webpage
information of the class.

Tank you!


As I could not even begin to decipher what this person wanted me to do, I ignored the email.   Surely every student who's ever been to college knows that the person giving the lecture is not the person who handles enrollments, right? 

Saturday, 9:43 am, I get this email, from the same student:

Dear Ms Rebecca

Nice to meent you!
I am a student whose name is [name] (student ID: [#]).

As I attended class from Tuesday, I decided to take this class and I
completed the changing class form on the document.

I hope you to enroll me in the class, and please send me the webpage
information of the class.

Tank you!


What, really?  again?  And on a Saturday?  This time I respond:

Hello.  As far as I am aware, my class is now full.

But he/she is not done:

Dear Ms Rebecca

Thank you for your response!
Is that true? but I complete with my documents and now I have connection
with class webpage...
Perhaps I am already enrolled in the class...


[name]

 
Dear [name], I hope not.  Because if you are, you will continue to pepper me with inane emails at inappropriate timesFor my sake, I hope you will stop.

Then there were also several from students who didn't manage to come to the first week of lecture, wanting me to take time off from my weekend to get them caught up.

They ranged from at least polite and coherent to downright ridiculous:


I'm sorry for absense of yesterday.
  I was at a travel and due to few reasons, I could not returen at time.
And I heard that you made the group to make presentation. However due to absense, I have no group.
 So could you make me take part in any group which is lack of members?
I don't know any one in the class so I need your help.
 
This student didn't miss one lecture, he/she missed 4, and is apparently trying to make it seems as if it missed only one.

Hello [name],

Considering that you have missed 1/6 of my course, which is rigorous, demanding, and fast-paced, I think it would be best if you registered instead for a class you can attend, or at least a class that does not require attendance.  You have missed four lectures, as well as the opportunity to join a group.  That material will not be repeated.

Regards,
Me 
 
 Sigh.  It's going to be a long six weeks.

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