Professor Parrot

| Learning | April 30, 2014

(A professor from our department passed away unexpectedly the week before. I’m a TA and I’m clearing out his office when one of his undergraduates walks in.)

Student: “I failed [Professor]’s exam and I’m here to discuss my results with him.”

Me: “I’m very sorry, but [Professor] passed away last week.”

Student: “But I have an appointment and I want to see him now.”

Me: “I don’t know how to make it any clearer, but [Professor] passed away last week.”

Student: “But it’s urgent.”

Me: “[Professor] is dead. No longer with us. Six feet under. Pushing daisies.”

Student: “I don’t get it.”

Me: *getting irate* “You know what? I’ll double your exam score if you get out of this office now. And don’t think about coming back!”

(The student walked away, smiling.)

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