Everybody who works at this college in a department other than the library is insane. I have already graced you with specific examples of this: the lady who waited a week to decide she was offended by my joke, the lady who made an official complaint because I had done my job and made sure her record was up-to-date, the other lady who complained to my boss because I politely asked her to, horror of horrors, speak more quietly (at least I think I told you that one), and so on, but now the time has come for me to simply vent.
Anybody out there looking to be a teacher here in the good old USA? Yeah? Well, listen up.
Your pay is going to suck. You are going to have to deal with curricula which have nothing to do with education and everything to do with regurgitation. You are going to have to deal with students who are not interested, who don't care, who just want to make a good grade. You are going to have to deal with perpetually, and exponentially, dropping standards. Your field of choice, in other words, has nothing at all to do with preparing responsible citizens, as was the wish of the founders, and everything to do with job preparation. You are going to be surrounded by idiotic colleagues who, like an Arkansas Tech teacher I once had, answer students' good, relevant questions with "I don't care." It takes a very special sort of person to enter into education and tolerate this constant, fruitless uphill battle.
Let this turn you into a self-entitled, holier-than-thou twat.
You may have guts, but this does NOT entitle you to use those of us who have to work around you as a fucking doormat. Yes, the rules DO apply to you. No, it is NOT okay for you to barge into the library and go, "HAY HOW YOU DOING I NEED THIS" in your full-volume, lecture-hall-filling teacher voice, while YOUR OWN STUDENTS are sitting not twenty feet away, trying to study, and then INVITE YOURSELF BEHIND MY FUCKING DESK so you can get it for yourself. Seriously, what the fuck is WRONG with these menstrobucket boomwhackers?!?!
Also, a new installment in my award-winning "How To Look Like A Library Doofus" series:
(Note: black-and-white printing is $0.10 per page, the first five are free, and I usually round down to the nearest $0.50... within reason. We're very accommodating around here.)
Come up to my desk, leaf through the rack with print jobs in it, and have this conversation with me:
Me: Did you print some sociology stuff?
Me: *gathering it up* Alright--this'll be $1.00.
You: You mean we gotta PAY for the PAPER all the money we spend going here, and that's BULLSHIT man.
You: Went to Harrison and it's free and they're CHEAPER.