Clever Like Me

GED to PHD?

Facing Fears?

on September 8, 2013

Trying to balance a social life with school and work is becoming impossible. Now that it’s too late to drop any of my classes I’m starting to doubt myself. How am I possibly going to keep up with all my homework not to mention my job and social life? I keep hearing that little voice in my head that is telling me I’ve taken on too much. That I wont ever make it but what is life without a little challenge.

I didn’t go to my English class this week. I feel embarrassed after she called me out for participating too much in front of the class. I found out from a kid in my class that without me the class is completely silent. This got me thinking, what is it about some teachers that silently encourage participation verses teachers that encourage silence? My history teacher for example gets everyone in the class to participate and I do mean everyone including the scared sixteen year-olds without having to push for it. While my English teacher, even before her public criticism of me, doesn’t have any voluntary participation. What is it about her that makes people instinctively afraid to share their thoughts. I wouldn’t be surprised after her reaction to me if there is no longer any voluntary participation from anyone but still why are some teachers so welcoming while other teachers are so naturally cold. Tomorrow I do have to go back and face my fears and embarrassment head on. At the end of the day I can only hope I can add this to my list of new college experiences.

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