this is an article about some weird and rude encounters I or my friends had at my uni with several professors, lecturers or other working officials. This article should bring attention to how students are treated inferior and uneducated.
One time I messed up and signed up for a wrong course, things like that happen and are not really uncommon at German universities. Messing up sucks but trying to contain a positive mindset during the process is even worse. So I wrote some e-mails (like you have to do alllll the time at my uni at least) and got a really sassy and rude response from a professor I do not even know. “I get it you’re superior to me” I thought while reading it. “but do you have to underline it in every phrase you use?” Let me put my answer as simple as possible: no.
Another really weird incident happened during a lecture where the professor on stage directly made jokes about how one of his colleges is a bad teacher and that was his reason for us being “stupid”. Uhm? Hello? I was super uncomfortable since I knew that colleague and well he did do a good job in my opinion.
You are better than us.We get it. Every student knows that professors are not equal to us, it’s logical? But bragging about how other colleagues don’t do their job right on stage or replying in e-mails in a language and tone (i study literature i know how tone works) which is degrading is simply not that professional and since we’re all adults I consider it quiet rude.
Another problem I have faced is asking questions during a lecture. University should encourage curiosity and not dismiss it. Asking a question is not plain simple when about 200 other students are around. Also it’s not questioning the lecturer or whoever is in the front. It’s basically just wanting to know something in a deeper way or adding new knowledge to my brain. So why is it necessary to ridicule a student? Or turn the question into a joke about diapers? Well it simply is not. Lectures and professors make student feel stupid with that kind of behaviour, or even worse anxious about asking questions which is a basis of the educational process.
Certainly not all of my lecturers act that way, there are some which are just chill and obviously take their job very seriously,. And honestly I’m glad they exist because without them uni would be way more stressful and unenjoyable.
☁️ Have you ever encountered such events at your university? Have you felt the same way or do you think I overreacted? ☁️
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*Disclaimer: I’m not telling you which uni I go to or which persons were involved in those incidents and I only focussed on my point of view and my feelings towards the issue.*
* i edited this post because I forgot to add the end paragraph to it lmao*