Yeah, I'm here.
Hey, who suggested the binder with the hole puncher on another thread? I decided to try that myself, and soon all my friends were trying out the binder thing... it's become a big trend at my school! I thought that was so funny some person on an online forum created a trend at my college!
Anyways, this semester is quite difficult compared to last. I barely had to crack a book last semester and I made dean's list. Of course, they were all simple classes. This semester, I'm taking some difficult courses. I know I'm going to ace Life Span Development, Yoga, and Writing About Literature. After a couple bad quizzes, I'm bringing my math grade back up to where it should be (I made STUPID mistakes, but the quizzes are only 4 questions, you miss a question you lose 25 points!). I missed a day last week because of the flu, and that has gotten me behind in Anatomy and Physiology. We're on organelles right now. Today I'm going to create a study sheet for the course. I promised a friend in the course that I would do this and give her a copy, so that's an incentive to do it.
I noticed a strange strange thing last week. I bought a new professional looking outfit, and put on some makeup. I noticed the teachers were more polite and attentive to me. In the hallways, the instructors smiled and said hi to me. They treated me more like a colleague than a student. Now, they all know I'm a student. I'm quite visible on campus. I always walk with my head up high, and a confident stride. My friends joke that I walk around like I'm the shit. I always smile and say hi to all my friends and acquaintances. I hold doors open for other students and teachers. Well, the other day instead of the teachers saying "Hey, how ya' doin'?" all casual-like, they said "Hello! How are you today?" and nodded their head at me. It was repeated all day long. It was quite obvious that the treatment I was receiving was quite different. Several teachers made conversation with me in the hallway. They seemed to be making more of an effort towards getting to know me.
I always wanted to fight being mainstream. I never wanted to be part of the norm. I tried bucking society at every turn. I've come to realize that the way you present yourself affects your treatment and future. Does that make it (prejudices) right? No. When I appeared as a poor, hippie, non-traditional student I wasn't taken as seriously as I am now, appearing as a middle class, professional, driven woman. Sometimes you have to play a part in life. I'm happy playing my part, as I see how it will benefit my future. That's what this is all about... bettering our futures.