Already My Favorite Student

My American Government class meets two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday evening I received the following email (slightly paraphrased).

Dr. Hanley, I just added your class. I’ll be missing tomorrow’s class for a team scrimmage.

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J@m3z Aitch is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.
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10 Responses to Already My Favorite Student

  1. Ah, the priorities of elitists. What really counts is learning how to play the game.

  2. I was a student athlete, and sometimes I had to choose between class and a game or practice. You can always have someone videotape class, copy a friend’s notes afterwards, read the chapter extra carefully to catch up, go to tutorials or office hours to make up the work, etc. There is no way to make up a sports practice or game, so I found myself choosing to go to sports instead of class, even though I considered academics far more important for my future, and I obviously did not become a professional athlete.

  3. Lance says:

    I have yet to pass a student athlete with a grade higher than “C”.

    I understand that their commitment to practice and competition in their sport can interfere with their studies but so did my chasing co-eds and getting wasted.

    I took my lumps gradewise and never appealed to my professors for leniency due to my other “pursuits”. Student athletes are less reserved in requesting exceptional treatment.

    I think that the skill set I acquired during my “extra-curricular” activities benefited me far more than a letter in sculling or a “friendship games” medal in softball.

  4. James K says:

    Um, what’s a scrimmage?

  5. James K says:

    Right, I think we just call that a friendly game down here. But then we don’t actually have sports teams at university down here.

  6. James Hanley says:

    No, not the same as a friendly. A friendly is between two different teams, but in a match that doesn’t count in any standings. A scrimmage is an intra-team game. It’s a way of moving beyond regular practices to simulating a real game in preparation for the first real game.

  7. James K says:

    Oh, so its a practice match.

  8. James Hanley says:

    Ummm….sure. But I don’t understand why you Kiwis can’t stop messing with the English language.

  9. James K says:

    You guys start adding the letter u back into your language, and get your e and r the right way round and we’ll talk.

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