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September 17th, 2003

beer good, statics bad @ 05:58 pm

Time to write again. I was unable to post my entry I wrote yesterday yet, but I figured I'd post one today while I can actually do stuff. So I'm sitting here drinking a Miller Genuine Draft, a low class American beer probably but one taht should help me calm down after the abrasive meeting I had with Dr. Jong.

If you've been reading these pages, you know about him. He's the Chineese guy who teaches statics. He started teaching in 1964 at the University of Arkansas, 39 long years ago. I frustrate him, I disgust him, I enrage him. Its not taht I'm blind, he's just very mad because he's required by law to help me and he has no idae how to do it. He's taught perfectly for 39 long years but now, he's hit a hardship and he's floundering. I feel like I'm drowning in a bubbling quagmire of sand, silt and mud.

Its hard to describe how the meeting went except for we now have somewhat of a plan for statics. The meeting consisted of me trying to explain to Dr. Jong that I can do statics and him doing really stupid things like asking me "What is the rigid body principle" right in front of all of the people in attendance to the meeting. That was preceeded by me saying "I understand the concepts basically I just don't understand how they're drawn out, how I can take something drawn on a page three dimensions. He seems to think that I'll totally understand it only if I can answer his questions point blank and do so with perfect clarity and understanding. I felt like I was in a firing squad even though the rest of the people there tried every way possible to explain the situation, to explain to him taht I never give up, I never back down, yet I won't stress myself out totally to finish this class.

"What do I have to do to get a D in your class Dr. Jong, would that make it easier for you?" I say?

"Well if you say that I have no enthusiasm to work with you. The law says I have to help you but there is a federal law that says you have to do well in engineering classes and my class is an engineering class. You could have signed up for something else and you picked engineering, therefore you will learn my class or you won't get a degree." says Jong.

This does nothing but to spur me on to getting my chemical engineering degree. It makes me want to get a job in chemical engineering more. I want to say to people taht I've dealt with this guy. The fact that he wouldn't give me an incomplete in his class was mentioned and I argued fervently without a result.

So here's the plan, I'll spend 30 minutes of sheer utter hell and terror being interrogated by the Chineese soldier about what I've erad. thirty minutes three times a week. He scoughed at the fact that I was taking 17 hours and that was just too much. He didn't even want to help me at all because my lab was during the times he wanted to help me (Tuesday and thursday are really full), or wanted . I'll show him, I swear, he has no idea.

If this is the path I have to get my degree I'll do it but its so hard. I'm doing well in all of my classes, and I won't let this class keep me back, even if I don't do something totally in my degree I won't let some stupid second year class get me down.

Not much else going on, just trying to figure out how I'm going to do this. Arg.
 
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From:iconoclast
Date:September 17th, 2003 04:04 pm (UTC)
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God...I hate teachers like that. They are abrasive and abusive and generally collossal assholes.

Don't let him get to you. It's what he wants but don't give him the satisfaction.

BTW, I like Miller Genuine Draft!
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From:piratefanatic
Date:September 17th, 2003 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Arg! That sounds tremendously agrivating. Teachers like that are horrible. Kinda makes you wonder if they are there to teach or to dishearten.

Try this: every time you meet with teh guy, immagine him trying to play bagpipes. On second thought, explaining why you are chuckling could be a bit embarrasing. Scratch that one.

Ah, well. Good luck either way!
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From:sad1584
Date:September 17th, 2003 05:13 pm (UTC)
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I think I already know the answer to this, but I'm going to ask anyway. Is by chance he's tenured?
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From:djner
Date:September 17th, 2003 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately yes, he's been teaching for 39 years and has written his own book. Just think I get to work with the guy who wrote the book taht many universities use, I'm so freaking honored.
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From:sad1584
Date:September 17th, 2003 05:16 pm (UTC)

*re-read entry and found an answer to her question*

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Nevermind. Man, that sucks. 39 years. Man must be an old geezer.
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From:sunnyblue
Date:September 17th, 2003 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, in my professional opinion, I think a touch of Ex-Lax in his coffee might loosen up that corncob a bit, no?
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From:djner
Date:September 17th, 2003 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Great idea, that and a bagpipe will do him great don't you think, what an ass.
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From:sunnyblue
Date:September 17th, 2003 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Well, you just go in there and show his ass up. Learn all you can and in the end, when you succeed, he'll be the arrogant ass telling everyone he knew you could do it all along.
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From:djner
Date:September 17th, 2003 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I guess, of course I'll have to shed gallons of blood sweat and tears during the whole thing but that'll be ok.
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From:lucid42day
Date:September 17th, 2003 09:04 pm (UTC)

mentos

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Statistically shown to be the Freshmaker. Doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo wah.
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From:djner
Date:September 17th, 2003 09:37 pm (UTC)

Re: mentos

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I wonder if I could fit a mentos up his ass?
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From:ex1s
Date:September 17th, 2003 09:26 pm (UTC)

Give 'em hell, uh, Harry?

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Man, I just stumbled on your lj a few days ago; I recognized you in your icon from the times I've seen you on campus and in Brough, so I figured I'd stick around to wrap my mind around the writings of a blind man.

I never expected to read what I have. Call me ignorant (I'm working on that!), but I unconciously applied any stereotype and misunderstanding I had in my arsenal to my perception of you.

I'm grateful to be proven wrong. I dare say you're an inspiration. Thank You.

Don't let this guy stand in your way, everything'll work out. Also, I apologize if this comment is a little sappy, I'm just in awe. :D

-C
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From:djner
Date:September 17th, 2003 09:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Give 'em hell, uh, Harry?

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Glad you enjoy my writings. I've added you as well to my list as I always do. Feel free to say hi if you see me in Brough again, that way I can put a voice to your comments. Don't feel bad if you are being sappy, it's cool. Enjoy it, for real there's plenty to read further back :). I'll be giving them hell for sure.
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From:jumpingjuniper
Date:September 17th, 2003 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Want me to put out a hit on him? Me and Fiona can take him.
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From:hey_elan
Date:September 19th, 2003 03:31 am (UTC)
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After we get KXUA, this bastard's the next up against the wall. Hehe.

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