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I arrive at the classroom and find the grad students waiting by the entrance, as there was another class still in session. Mere seconds pass before I notice the apparent placement of the students.
(After I had accepted my invitation from the professor, she had advised me to find a
"less good seat" when I attended the class, as the students need to have the better
seats in order to participate. I really thought I had followed her instructions, but,
honestly, I couldn't have found myself a less less-good-seat.)
Once seated and situated, I find myself next to the class' Teacher’s Pet. To give you a visual, she has hair like this:
While someone from the tech department is setting up the projector and opening up the room by sliding apart the movable wall, the teacher assistant asks the students to move their chair desks to form a horseshoe shape. I place my chair desk in front of the movable wall. Teacher’s Pet takes it upon herself to get a head start on the sliding of the movable wall. No one has knowledge of this, however, until the tech person is pushing one side of the wall and he hears an alarmed mousey voice from behind the movable wall panel.
“What are you doing??” the tech person asks (instead of ‘Oh my goodness, are you all right? I almost accidentally squished you!’ indicating that this must not be the first time she’s overstepped her role as student and interfered with his role as tech personnel during his set-up of the classroom). Teacher’s Pet makes her way out from behind the wall panel and proceeds to assist the tech person with pushing the wall panel (indicating that she thought he said ‘Annoying girl, I need your help on THIS side of the wall!’ and not irritatingly asked her what she was doing on the other side of the wall).
Teacher’s Pet goes on to add more chair desks to the horseshoe before finally settling down in her own seat to fidget within her allotted personal space.
At the end of class, Teacher’s Pet raises her hand to comment on another student’s comment during the class discussion. Teacher's Pet wanted to express how deeply touched she was by the other student's participation. “[blah blah blah]. [more gibberish]. Thank you for what you said. That’s going to stick with me for a long time,” she says, while holding her hands over her heart.
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Oh yeah, the professor conducted a wonderful class.
*I only look like I’m a cool Asian; I am by no means cool.