August 29th, 2003

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i am, like, SO not a morning person. because madame_mercredi has just been posted some stuff about morning, i am getting this image in my head of us on a trip together, staying at a hotel. i can just picture it: she's up at 5 or 6 when it's dark, trying to be really quiet and not wake me, but i wake up anyway. she feels guilty for waking me even though i'm not upset. i am SO out of it though. i sit up in bed and i just know she'd be like "what is up with your hair?" lol. i am like totally drunken frankenstein in the morning.

man, the sandman totaly must have hit me in the head overnight!
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Friday Five: School

1. Are you going to school this year?

No. I do work at a university, though.

2. If yes, where are you going (high school, college, etc.)? If no, when did you graduate?

Graduated undergraduate from UMass Amherst in 1997. Graduated high school in 1993.

3. What are/were your favorite school subjects?

Mainly English, history and foreign languages, but honestly I have taken courses in a huge variety of stuff. The only things I don't like are...

4. What are/were your least favorite school subjects?

I think I hated math class even more than P.E. Wasn't too keen on science either, though biology and anatomy were OK -- at least I was learning things about health that could be useful to me. I really had to struggle through those subjects in high school, even to get a B (which for me was a low grade). I never could have even done it without my dad helping me along. When I got to college I got around my required math and science by taking linguistics (analtical reasoning / math credit), biology of social issues (biology), and food preservation (physical science). Ironically, I love watching science shows on TV. I just hate theorems and lab procedures and math!!!!!

5. Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Why was he/she a favorite?

Oh, I had loads of wonderful teachers.

In elementary school it was Mr. Crowley, who was a lot like my brother, quite subversive, countercultural, not an "authority" figure, and was just a lot of fun. I also liked him because he didn't focus on me solely as a "problem" student, but really encouraged me to be creative (while also encouraging me to shut up). I liked Mr. Crowley so much that when I was in middle school and 6th grade moved to be part of the middle school, my friend Dee and I used to hang out in Mr. Crowley's room a lot after school. I remember showing him The Vampire Lestat and him reading a section and saying to me that it sounded very homoerotic. He didn't have a problem with that, in fact he read it out loud like dramatic reading.

In middle school I adored my rather "out there" Latin teacher, Mr. Bryne. He was fanatical, strict, a bit violent, but he made us all really learn! A brilliant guy!

In high school, my favorite teacher was hands down Ms. Horne, this very spinster-esque social studies teacher who taught A.P. Modern European history. Her expectations were obscenely high, it was hard to get a good grade from her, she didn't have much sense of humor, everybody hated her... except for me. I also got an A+. She and I still write postcards back and forth. Other teachers I really liked were Mrs. Tomlinson (British literature) and my teachers for Odyssey, Mr. Simpson and Ms. Cook. The later were leading a very revolutionary, non-traditional, student-centric, alternative learning course and were more more like our "leaders" than teachers.

In college I had SO many great teachers. In German, it was Dr. Sullivan, in Russian it was Dr. Lake, then there was Dr. Best for Latin. (Those language profs had so much enthusiasm!!!!!) Howard Ziff in journalism was great too. And the woman who taught me history of fashion and the "Images of Women" course was fantastic too. OH, and Dr. Staub for his mass psychology class. And the German professor at Amherst College. And my drama teacher Harold... I was really lucky actually -- there were very, very few teachers in college who I didn't like. The only ones were the ones who taught my science requirements courses -- they were all extremely prejudiced, arrogant jerks! (Lesson from this: Stick to Arts!)

Interestingly, I liked the male teachers more than the female, usually. I recently found out that only 8 percent of teachers (in public scholl through high school) are men and I was shocked. I always gravitated towards the male teachers becuase the female ones usually irritated me in various ways. I found the male teachers way easier to relate to. The female teachers I did like tended to be very butch and were considered "mean" or "bitchy" by other students :)

P.S. Unlike some people, I really liked school. Even though I found high school to be very much like a prison, hated the social dynamics and had some very traumatic experiences over the years, I was never somebody who hated school. School was a chance to do what I loved, even if I had to go through awful *shit*.
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