I secretly love when students innocently admit outrageous stuff to me that falls so far into the ‘Too Much Information” category that my jaw hits the podium. As in –-“No, I didn’t get engaged. I only wear this ring so guys don’t hit on me when I’m stripping.” (True story).
What I love even more is when students then seek my advice on these insanely personal topics. As in –“So you think it looks like a real diamond?” (Again, true story and yes, it did look real.) It’s these sidebar conversations that leave me somewhat speechless, yet yearning for more. Over the years, I’ve mentally collected some of my favorites which I’m posting here.
My TOP 5 “Too Much
“I stole my mother’s credit card and booked a trip to Mexico. Do think she’ll be mad at me when I get back?”
“After class I’m going with a friend to pick up her friend from jail. Then we are driving to Florida to party for the weekend. Do you think this is a bad idea?”
“We were our way back from a party this weekend when we got a flat. We stole a set of better tires off a parked car and replaced all four with
our tires. We also left them our spare. Do you think what we did was illegal?”
“I’m in the county detention center. Would it be a problem to bring the final exam to me? I’ll tell you all about it when you get here. Okay?”
“I got involved in a pyramid scheme. Now I owe some guys some money. Do you think this will be a problem for me?”
Admit it – this is some good stuff but I’m not sure it’s normal for a teacher to look forward to these student admissions. Is it possible I’m living vicariously through my students’ reality television lives because I’ve got nothing going on in my own life?
Bingo! Truth be told, my summers are so endlessly boring that I’ve been forced to fill in with Honey Boo Boo until I can get back to my
students’ true-life dilemmas. Why? Because it makes me feel like I’m needed. On some level, I think students tell teachers personal things because they are looking for some level headed advice which I am more than happy to provide — and, I did in all the scenarios above. Case in point — “I really love your ring but maybe you should come by my office and we’ll explore internship opportunities instead.”
Here’s to the Fall 2013 semester. I can’t wait.