There are many different types of professors – no two are the same. There are some professors that you have to learn to like, some who you need to watch out for, some who are just simply excellent professors, and others who you need to absolutely force yourself to deal with. Here are a few examples of the different types of professors that you will most likely encounter throughout your college years.
The first type of professor that you will most likely encounter is the type that can easily put you to sleep during a lecture. For instance, I was on my way to Mr. Carr’s class, preparing myself to be bored to tears. The minute I walked into the classroom, I could feel my brain turning into mush. I was sitting at my desk, trying very hard to listen intently as Mr. Carr was babbling on and on. All of a sudden, whatever Mr. Carr was saying started to sound like, “blah, blah, blah,” and I got the sudden feeling that I have been transported to a Charlie Brown special. To make it even worse, Mr. Carr walks extremely slowly, drags his feet with every step he takes, and talks with this horrible monotone voice. Even looking at him is boring. Professors like Mr. Carr can make even the most interesting things sound so dreadfully boring. Mr. Carr is the type of professor who might be called “Mister-poke-your-eyeballs-out.” In Mr. Carr’s class, you really do feel like poking your eyeballs out by the time the class is just halfway over.
The second type of professor you might encounter is the type who is extremely paranoid, very difficult to understand, has trouble communicating, and frankly, just plain psychotic. In other words: Mrs. Wade. Mrs. Wade had given us a stone to pass around class. We were all looking at the stone as we passed it around the classroom. All of a sudden, Mrs. Wade screamed, “IS THAT A CELL PHONE IN YOUR HAND??” The student who currently had the stone, Jimmy, got this sudden look of shock and horror. As Mrs. Wade’s eyes were boring into him, Jimmy told her that he was holding the stone we had been given to pass around class. When she heard that, she snapped at Jimmy, “Give me that!” and grabbed the stone right out of his hand. She then sat at her desk, while holding the stone, petting it and talking to it as if it were alive – strange, but true. Not one student from Mrs. Wade’s class has been quite the same since that day.
Another example of this type of professor is Dr. Longe; he tends to assign many assignments early in the semester, which is expected of college, but the catch with this professor is that he will give you the least bit of information that he can possibly provide. Dr. Longe never reminds you about the many assignments he has assigned, which is expected of college also, but he lets you completely forget about them. If you end up having the great and rare fortune of remembering about the assignments, Dr. Longe gets annoyed if you ask a question about it, such as what exactly he wants in the assignment.
Mrs. Wade and Dr. Longe are the type of professor who might be called the “Business-Minded Academic.” For instance, this type of professor, such as Dr. Longe, views teaching only as a job and the student’s education as a form of military training. These types of professors will never go out of their way to make your life a little bit easier because, the way they see it, business and life are not easy, so why should they bother giving you a break?
The third example is the type of professor who is extremely nice, but a bit flighty, and just seems to enjoy shoving as much information as possible into your brain, no matter how efficiently it is done. For example, Mr. Repulski barely ever gives his students time to write down what they are supposed to write down, and then expects them to have an answer even though they haven’t had time to write down the question. Although, it could be much worse; sometimes Mr. Repulski expects an answer before he’s even asked the question. One day, I was sitting in Mr. Repulski’s class, and he turned to me and said, “You there, I’m sure you must know this. Do you have an answer for me?” I got this feeling of bewilderment, wondering if whether or not I had zoned out and missed the question or if I was just going crazy. Before I got a chance to answer, another student piped up, “But you didn’t ask a question!” At that instant, Mr. Repulski threw his hand up in the air, pointing at the other student as if he was going to start yelling at him, but instead he just shook his head, looked confused, shuffled to the front of the room, and started scribbling something down on the blackboard.
The fourth type of professor you will most likely encounter will probably be the most dedicated person you will ever meet. Mrs. Bradford is simply amazing. She is just like the Energizer bunny; she just keeps going, and going, and going – you get the picture. Mrs. Bradford broke her leg in the same place three times within the course of a year, which resulted in her having to get surgery. She refused to get the surgery; instead, she said that she would wait until she retired because all she wanted to do was teach. Resulting from her devotion, she has had to constantly walk around in crutches. Mrs. Bradford is what would be called the “Lifelong Academic.”
The many different types of professors are hard to keep track of, but once you get used to them, it’s not too hard to understand them. The types of professors that I have described above are just a few of the many different types. As I said before, no two professors are the same, but in certain cases, I suppose that could be a good thing, right?
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