George stone University 101 Ms. Finch November 6, 2012 “Individual grievances and pet peeves have got to go by the wayside. Generally, you don’t have to worry about the guys who are playing every day; it’s the guys who are sitting on the bench that are the ones that get needles in their pants. ”–Walt Alston. A pet peeve an opportunity for complaint that is seldom missed; coming into my first semester of college I was uncertain o what to expect from my professors and my classmates. I really didn’t know what kind of professor I’d prefer but I knew what type I didn’t want.
I also didn’t want to be late to any classes, or have any missing assignments. One of my biggest pet peeves is teachers who disregard the fact that the student is also a human being and abuse their authority. My seventh grade teacher could have written a book on how to abuse authority and belittle her students. She said from my inability to walk on a line in the hallway to the cafeteria that it would assure my failure in later life. She told me my charisma would only take me so and that if I wanted to be any type o success in life I should drop out and learn a trade.
But as we can see I didn’t fail and my future is looking quite bright. But she made me hate teachers like her and made it one of my pet peeves to not avoid teachers like her. I also had a pet peeve about being tardy to class. I had heard that being late to class would rub professors the wrong way, and I wanted to make sure that I developed a good relationship with them from the beginning. I was all ways taught to be sure to make a good first impression at the beginning of the year.
For most teachers, once they see you as a bright, kind, polite student, they’ll always see you as a bright, kind, polite student. They’ll let things slide later. I gave the impression that I care about their subject, even if I hated it. I was reasonably attentive, participate, and did the work. So I tried and was successful in my endeavor for about the first 5 weeks which in I hindsight I feel like made my professors see me as an avid student who wanted to learn. My last pet peeve for my first semester in college was not having any missing assignments.
So when they assigned stuff I made sure to ask how to do assignments in detail. At first I annoyed them, but they couldn’t do anything about that. If they complained, I simply replied that I wanted to produce the best quality assignment possible. I was successful in having zero missed assignments this semester, which helped me a lot because I didn’t do as well as I wanted to in some classes on exams but because I had completed all my other assignments and turned them in on time I still kept a decent grade.
The things were the main things I focused on coming into my freshman year in college. I made sure my pet peeves weren’t going to be a problem by checking them from the start of the school year. I learned a lot of ne things during this first semester that will benefit me in the future in being a great college student. I’m going to continue to focus in on my pet peeves and get the most out of my college experience as a student athlete.