Even if we keep talking about for hours, we can never run out of the crazy stories all of us have gone through just because of some weird Math teacher. High school was this big gnarly demon, and then undergrad in college was the final boss ready to take all of us out once we finally graduated.
However, when I and my friends were in college, we were kind of surprised by how. It wasn’t this soul-crushing, stressful experience. In fact, I had a way more difficult time, academically speaking, in high school. All of the wild restrictions and unacceptable behaviors we were called out for, like drinking or eating in class, wearing sweatpants all the time, or having informal discussions with our teachers, were A-OK by college standards.
Even if that says more about “the decline of the American university” in our society and our high school teachers trying to hold us to a higher standard (heaven forbid) than it does about them being “wrong,” is a discussion for another time.
Here, we have bigger meatballs to discuss — like the ones that fell out of this young woman’s sandwich mid-exam, exited her out of her test, and causing her to have a tremendously low score. As we all haven’t been in this kind of specific situation, we can definitely relate to Samantha Lee’s “how the heck am I going to explain this” scenario. But, she bravely sent her economics instructor, Professor Lastrapes. an email — along with Snapchat screenshots — that proved what happened.
She wrote, “Dear Professor Lastrapes, I had some technical difficulties and outside distractions during the test today. Something hit my computer and caused it to submit the test when I had less than half of the questions answered. By something, I mean a meatball that had tragically fallen onto my keyboard as I was taking the exam. This said meatball caused some malfunctions with my laptop and caused the test to submit itself.”
Then she sent the email, along with her Snapchats proving that the unfortunate sequence of events occurred. Now one of two things could be going on here, and I’d like to think that Professor Lastrapes had considered both scenarios thoroughly before replying to Samantha.
As expected, the first, could be that she’s telling the truth. Her entire message wasn’t demanding in any way, and she seemed thoroughly fine with whatever Professor Lastrapes was willing to do.
According to the score policy, she could have dropped her lowest test score so as not to affect her overall grade, something that she referenced in her email.
Surprisingly, hereby “ornery high school teacher” logic, Samantha probably wouldn’t even have received a response from her professor, and maybe, even worse, her academic career would’ve been in jeopardy. Word would’ve gotten out that she had a penchant for eating sandwiches all over the place willy nilly and put not only her future at risk, but marvels of modern technology as well.
Sooner, Professor Lastrapes did respond. And because he was either sympathetic to Samantha’s plight, or entertained by the fact that she went to such great lengths to tell a wonderful story or both, he decided to give her another chance to take the test.
Not just that, he even ended his email with some words of wisdom: that she take the exam either before or after dinner and not during.
remember in high school teachers would be like "your college professors will not tolerate this kind of behavior" pic.twitter.com/D183VnnfFS
— slee (@samanthlee16) July 15, 2020
When talked about this, we found out that there are plenty of other students who had similar college experiences where their professors weren’t what they thought they would be.