Stating that he has not yet been invited to a “sick college party” or met anybody else who wants to binge drink in their dorm room, ﬁrst-year arts student Roy Bates has been underwhelmed by the college experience so far in his ﬁrst month at the University of Alberta.
“I just had a really deﬁnite expectation of what my college experience would be like at this university,” Roy said. “I watched a lot of the TV show Greek when I was in junior high. It got me really excited.”
“In that show, it’s really cool. Like, they’re all in fraternities and maternities or whatever. There’s these preppier guys who want to do business and law and all that, and then there’s these party guys who don’t really know what they want — and that’s okay — and all these hot chicks, and they have so much fun all the time and their lives are so interesting, even when they’re stressed out,” Roy stated, as he gazed wistfully into the sky.
When asked why he never bothered to join a frat, or at least check one out, the economics major just shrugged and mentioned how he wanted to go home early and hang out with his friends from high school.
Bates is currently enrolled in four classes in the 2013 fall term: Economics 101, English 124, Sociology 100 and Psychology 104, but has been unimpressed with his professors’ inability to connect with him personally as a student, as well as his classmates’ disinterest in socializing during class.
“I came into SOC 100 on the ﬁrst day and was greeted by a lecture hall of 350 people,” Bates said. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this is going to be awesome. 350 new friends.’”
According to Bates, this has tragically not been the case.
“I’ve tried talking to people during lectures, and all they do is frown and type out what the prof is saying on to their laptop,” a frustrated Bates said. “The worst part is when I try to engage the prof, or crack a joke in class, they don’t even acknowledge me or how funny I am.
“It’s like my prof doesn’t even care that I’m here.”
Bates stated that his perception of student-professor relationships are a manifestation of one of his favorite episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in which Will enrolls in a Western Philosophy class, drops it, then re-enrolls because he decides his professor could be a “difference-maker” in his life.
While this has not been the case, freshman Roy Bates looks to keep his chin up as he continues on with his young university career, hoping to enjoy his college experience.
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