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11 November 2008 @ 07:07 pm
Suck it up, buttercup!  
There is little worse than having a meeting with your teacher outside of class to discuss a paper when you have absolutely nothing to say about the paper. The awkward meeting with my Asian American Lit teacher went something like this:

Sherwin: So did any of the characters stand out to you?
Uh, no.

Sherwin: Did any of the relationships seem significant?
Me: Again...no.

Sherwin: Did you read the book?
Me: Yes. It's definitely not in my top 10.

Sherwin proceeds to tell me the history of the Philippines and America, which is good because I really wasn't clear on the details. I kept asking lots of questions that were kinda-OT to keep the conversation going, like "So you mention that a lot of Filipino women leave their families and go to big cities like Manila to work as domestic servants. In rural China a lot of women leave their families to work in factories. Does manufacturing play a similar role in the Philippines, too?" ANYTHING TO KEEP THE CONVERSATION OFF OF DREAM JUNGLE. Seriously, I was trying everything to keep the topic off the paper. I tried to get him to talk teaching, since frankly he seems scared of his students. He doesn't make eye contact during lectures at all. In fact, when we were sitting in his office he was looking at the wall or at the desk, not at me. It was very disconcerting. But he wouldn't talk about teaching much, except that teaching community college is different from teaching at the university level. I pointed out that some people might think the students took advantage of him because he changed the due dates so easily and was so laid back, but he said that was fine. Really weird. Then he turned things back to the paper (argh) so I didn't escape that fate.

He made it seem like these student-teacher meetings were mandatory in class, so I signed up like I was supposed to. But man, I feel like I was wasting his time because I don't really want to talk about Dream Jungle or think about Dream Jungle or write a paper about Dream Jungle.

Oh well. I just gotta get through this quarter and next quarter and I am outta DeAnza.
jeanniejeannietran on November 12th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
This is random and terribly delayed, but when watching this season's Project Runway, the episode before the finale where they were auditioning models, I swear I saw Naima (mixed race punk-mohawk chick). I figured winning America's Top Model would get her better gigs than that.

Are we still on for tomorrow?
Suzik00kaburra on November 13th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Honestly? Top Models don't seem to do squat after they 'graduate' from Tyra-land.

Yes! We are on for tomorrow! But my mom's having some sort of get-together here so we can't hang out at my house. Shall we meet at your place or somewhere public?
jeanniejeannietran on November 13th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
We can't even hide out in your room? Darn, I was looking forward to browsing the Suzi Library. You can come to my house, I'll try to make my room semi-presentable. Dress warm, it's freezing in our house and we're too poor to turn the heater on. I'll email you directions.
Suzik00kaburra on November 13th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'll try to bring some books over and hopefully some of 'em will interest you. Not the same, but better than nothing?
jeanniejeannietran on November 13th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Sure. I just sent you an email. I feel as though you check livejournal more regularly than email.
fashion_piranhafashion_piranha on November 13th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
It's actually Gmail running obsessively in all day long when I'm at a computer. But when it e-mails me to say a comment has arrived on LJ, I'm more likely to jump over to LJ and answer on the website. Like I did just now.

But now I'll go back to Gmail and look at the nice e-mail you sent. :-p