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I love the smell of undergraduates in the morning. Wait, no. [20101007|16:22]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Dear First Year Physics Students,

Here is how you do not go about asking for help.

  1. Anyone in the First Year Physics Lab who looks like they know what they're doing because they're working on something and are slightly older than you is not your demonstrator.

  2. If you wish to address that person, shouting across the lab is not the way to approach her.

  3. Especially if what you're shouting is, "Aren't you supposed to be over here?"

  4. Following that up with, "Hey! There are students here", doesn't motivate the person to come running either. I know you're there. I also know it's not my job to look after you right now. That's why I'm as far away from your clueless little bippy heads as possible.


love,
[personal profile] nanila

Oh, the first week of term.

ETA: Have just been informed that they were not shouting at me because they thought I was a demonstrator. It's because they thought I was a student who was in the wrong place. I am not sure whether this is better or worse.
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2010-10-07 16:02 (UTC)
It's much better.

Especially the "FUUUUUUUUUUU..." bit when they realise they've pissed of a genuine kickass rocket-scientist.

If you're prepared you can catch their salty, salty tears in a test tube.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-10-11 12:38 (UTC)
Note to self: Add test tube to folder containing scripts, pen and attendance sheet.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2010-10-07 20:25 (UTC)
I am not sure whether this is better or worse.

Well... If you're into that sort of thing, it means they think you look as youthful as a First Year student!

That said, though, I personally would Never Again want to be as young as a First Year student ;)
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2010-10-07 22:20 (UTC)
Alternately it means you get the fun of being like EXCUSE ME I AM IN CHARGE HERE and embarrassing the everloving crap out of them, depending on how sadistic you are.

Today I realized one of the other students in my Korean class was born in the 90s. She is 10 years younger than I am. I feel very, very old.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-10-11 12:42 (UTC)
Oh lord. I have this bit in my outreach talk where I say that Cassini was launched in 1997, and then I ask how old the students were then.

This year, they started answering with, "Not born yet."

I think I might stop asking that question.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-10-11 12:41 (UTC)
That is so true. Listening to their conversations is almost unutterably painful sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-10-08 17:18 (UTC)
So young and yet so talented. How does anyone fit both feet in one's mouth?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-10-11 12:45 (UTC)
You should have heard the conversation they were having before they figured out that I was an authority figure. It was about tequila shots. Who liked them and who didn't and who'd seen so-and-so pass out from doing tequila shots.

I got to conduct the remainder of my equipment tests in a silence heavily impregnated with embarrassment.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2010-10-20 00:51 (UTC)
ahahahahaha Ahem. That's fantastic. All of it, right down to the bit where they mistook you for a first year student. Work it, I say!
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