I don't want to complain too much about my 2 day a week job, but teaching can be really fucking demanding. Not physically, although sometimes my glutes hurt from straddling an easel in fake-casual-I-have-no-ulterior-motive-conversation.
Teaching is hard because you have to achieve a kind of clarity in speaking to students. They need to understand you, which is difficult if your thinking is clouded by Queen ballads, residual Tylenol p.m and vending machine cappuccinos.
Anyway, I get really frustrated, flustered and tongue-tied, and it doesn't help that I look like a 20 year-old playing dress up in her dad's sweater vest.
I shouldn't get so frustrated though, it's not productive for anyone involved. I need to check mahself.
In the hopes of improving my attitude, I am referring to past professors who were helpful and/or awesome. I am going to list my top five favorite classes/profs in High Fidelity fashion:
1. Short Prose Fiction----Dr. Nelson----He was so passionate and full of wisdom. He introduced me to Flannery, Chekov and Oates. He began every class with, "tell me some exciting news," and he gave all his students Bonsai trees at the end of the semester. Mine was smashed (or stolen?) during a roving frat party that ended at my apartment.
2. History of Spanish Cinema---I can't remember the professor's name, something like Guarras, but he cried every time we screened a film, rode a motorcycle and was handsome.
3. Feminism and Visual Politics---Ann Reynolds--- She made us watch The Haunting and read Angela Carter. Femmeawesome.
4. Chemistry of Art and Artifacts--Dr. Beeston--I'm not sure I really excelled in this class, but it was so fascinating. We did cool labs like fresco-making. I learned a lot about the renovation of the Sistine Chapel. And Dr. Beeston took an interest in my art, which was sweet and unexpected.
5. Northern Renaissance---Dr. Serebrennikov---She was so passionate about Brueghel and his defecating peasants, how could I not be?
Maybe the link between all these teachers is passion. I would like that to be the case anyways. Or maybe these were just subjects I enjoy (or learned to enjoy via the profs). But not Chemistry, ew gross.