Thursday, 6 November 2008

Of Burnt-Out Professors and Missing Test Papers...



Phew...I have been horrible with updating this blog, haven't I?


My past few weeks have been very packed...I just finished all my midterms and a couple of heavy-duty assignments, and am anxiously waiting for my marks...


One of the assignments went horribly wrong because the computer system crashed...The result was my poor professor sitting in her office till nearly 1am (on her BIRTHDAY!) on a Friday to calm panicking students, answer emails at a rate of 60 per hour, making phone-calls to the publisher-company and trying to untie the mess.

Did I mention she was teaching a class of about 1000 students, split into 3 sections?



This same poor professor spent the entire (following) week having students bombarding her with questions on the 'chatroom' and some sounded like they were having panic attacks because they could not get their submissions in and the deadline was up, and each passing day meant a deduction of 5% (due to glitches beyond our control, the penalty was subsequently removed).

I must note she entertained everyone and from what I heard from fellow friends, apologised to each and every student (for the upset) who came knocking on her door...She even Black-Berry'ed us throughout the night...



This same professor too was visibly burnt-out by the end of the week, and when someone proposed a thank-you during lecture for her dedication, she was moved to tears...


And I was left wondering why there isn't Teacher's Day here in Canada (I wiki'ed it, but could not find a date). Professors (and my Malaysian teachers) like this deserve to be recognised, don't you think? I'll figure a way to convey my thanks, anyhow...



Meanwhile, I was in a state of shock this morning when my other professor emailed me to say they could not find my test paper. The marks for the rest of the class had been posted but my mark was obviously missing from his list.

He was very sweet though...He apologised for the stress and assured me they would find it as no paper had ever gone missing before...



Turns out, we figured out why my paper was missing. I sat for my paper in a different part of the building as I had two papers back-to-back which caused some clashes, so they isolated me. Between that and the TA's (Teaching Assistant) office, something went kooky...


But all's well that ends well...The TA and Prof were sending me frequent updates about what was going on (who they checked with, who verified what etc), and by mid-afternoon, I had gotten my marks...So Daphne's happy once again!



I also finally got approved to volunteer at the hospital, the Puppet-troupe, and got my interview with Kinark Child and Family Services down pat, too...So that's another stress out of the way...


Now to tackle that assignment of finishing 10 annotated-bibliographies, 1 abstract, 1 essay and 1 final thought-paper...



Now if anyone thinks I'm drowning and deadly behind schedule, well, I'm not! Right on target and on time, according to my calendar of deadlines...;)

And now Daphne needs to go to bed...Puppet show tomorrow!




19 comments:

mott said...

good to hear your updates!

that prof is very dedicated! hard to find such gems around!

Salt N Turmeric said...

tht sounds major Daphne. i bet tht really causes a stress in all the students and lecturer alike. thk god everything is fixed now.

Zawi said...

Daph,
Now we know why you have delayed the new post. Hope you get good marks. Take care.

Akmal said...

Daphne daphne daphne, no wonder lah you were missing. Oh well, great to hear your updates ;)
Wah, that prof of yours is really something lah. Not the type you can commonly find lah. Must be an honor to be taught by her.

Jo-D said...

DAPH! DAPH! Gosh I miss you so so so much. I visit your blog everytime but you did not have update and now you have! You have great teachers. Happy for you!

Anonymous said...

You have a gem of a professor there. Send her my regards Daphe even tho she doesnt know me. I know good things come to good people. For all you hvae done for others I am happy to see you are being taken cared of by good mentors who will guide you further in life. GOd bless you and your profs.

Anonymous said...

Actually there is a Teacher's Day in Ontario schools. I'm sure my kids have it in their schools except I don't remember exact date for it.
That's the best part about schooling here, the teachers are great! They care so much about their students. They deserve so much more than what they are getting.

BTW Daphne, are you hooked on hockey yet? You cannot live in Canada and not get hooked on hockey. They breathe and live hockey here. Try and watch 1 game you'll be hooked forever.....

Clarisse Teagen said...

i admire that tEACher.. she has definitely got her heart in the right place...

Faridah Khan said...

I know the best gift you can give this prof for her dedications. A HUG! Glad to see you're doing well Daph. Do blog when you can. MIssing you loads!

atif slim said...

alooooooooo sweet nye your professor, and also the students doing the thank you thing =) would've loved to have been there, im sucker for all things sentimental XD

somehow i kind of feel that they do things differently over there in canada than they do here in nz, but my first year's probably not too telling - after all, my first year class can be as big as 2000+ i think? (combined for health sciences and biomed for certain subjects). things are somewhat more impersonal here. hmmm @.@

well anyway, selamat belajar - winter break's not too far away! the summer break begins officially in two days for me yay!

the uber cool dude said...

Daphne I stumbled upon your blog by accident. Your talking about Smith-Chant eh? I'm in her class too. She is amazing eh? Which section are you in?

the uber cool dude said...

OMG. I did not know you lost a son. I am sorry.

Marguerite A. Solomon said...

Hi Daph. Have been reading your blog for a while now but havne left comments. This post was special for me because my late prof was someone who went out of her way to help her students too. It is teachers like that who shape generations. Send this prof of yours my regards too Daph.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Good to hear from you too! Hope the little one is not tiring you out too much...

As for my prof, yeap, she is dedicated alright! And you're right...Hard to find when classes are so big...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kak Farina,

Haha...Now I look back, can laugh also...But at that time, memang stress giler!

Just looking at the amount of people panicking and posting messages non-stop was making me panic too! Which is weird, seeing I managed to get my assignment in...But seeing everyone panic, I was having triple-second-thoughts about whether mine got in!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Pak Zawi,

Yeap, that's why I've been MIA'ing...Alot of work lar over here...

Pening only sometimes...

I hope all my marks turn out good as well. You take care too, and regards to all during the Nov 29 do in The Curve...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Akmal,

Yes, got good reason wan why missing, you know?

As for it being an honour being taught by her, it is! I actually didn't want to take this course initially (was kinda 'forced' into it), but am glad I did in the end.

It was a blessing in disguise, I guess. I am one person who feels a prof/teacher can kill or ignite a student's interest in a subject...

So I'm glad I took this course...=)

*Thumbs up*

Daphne Ling said...

Hey peeps,

Gotta go back to work. Be back to reply comments...Soon...;)

I hope! See ya round, and have a good week!

Nightwing said...

Great Lecturers you have there.

Agree with what Akmal mentioned: that prof of yours is really something lah. Not the type you can commonly find lah. Must be an honor to be taught by her."