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Jan 12 2017
by Mia Renee Cole

20 Things You Wish You Could Say to Your Professor at the Beginning of the Semester

By Mia Renee Cole - Jan 12 2017

A new semester brings new professors — and new aggravations. Gone are your pet-peeves with your old professors and now it's time to discover what aggravates you with the new ones. First impressions are everything, and this is most certainly the case now. Here are some things Fresh U writers, including myself, wish they could say to their professors.

1. "Why did you wait until the second day of class to post the syllabus but expect me to turn work in on time?"

And how do you expect me to be prepared for the first day of class when you haven't posted the syllabus in time??

2. "Wow...your hotness score on Rate My Professor was waaaaay overrated."

Let's hope your helpfulness score lives up to par.

3. "What? No food in class? That is entirely unreasonable!"

How do you expect me to stay awake? Survive?

4. "Why do you have an attendance policy if you post all of your notes online?"

You might as well just let me teach the course to myself.

5. "Please stop lecturing from the textbook."

If I wanted you to lecture from the textbook, I wouldn't have spent an hour last night reading the assigned chapter.

6. "You know this isn't the only class I'm taking this semester, right?"

And you know I can't possibly devote as much time to this course as you might want?

7. "Why is there only one TA?"

This is a class of 100...where are all the other TAs? How do you expect me to do office hours of all ONE OF YOUR TAS IS BOOKED?!

8. "Why are there 56 TAs??"

If the TA to student ratio is 1:4, that is very, very worrisome. Is the class THAT hard??

9. "Why do you have quizzes on the syllabus if they're not worth anything?"

What is this? Busy work?

10. "Is this textbook really necessary?"

And why are you making me spend $200 on it? Do you think THAT highly of your class???

11. "You put more effort into this syllabus than I will for this entire class."

Who needs a 14-page syllabus? I repeat: WHO NEEDS A 14-PAGE SYLLABUS?

12. "Okay but how exactly are you measuring 'participation'?"

If I show up do I get an A?

13. "Oh wait...that wasn't a rhetorical question?"

Sorry, it's the first day of class...I wasn't listening.

14. "How much effort do I need to put in to get an A?"

...or a B? Or C?

15. "Why aren't you retired yet?"

You said yourself you've been teaching here for 40-something years — GO HOME ALREADY.

16. "Can I leave yet?"

It's only the first day of class and time is d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g.

17. "Why are you teaching on the first day of class?"

This wasn't on the syllabus you didn't give us.

18. "You emailed us the syllabus an hour ago — what exactly do you mean by 'I expect you have looked over the syllabus'?"

Did you just think I magically had that hour free? I haven't even checked my email in the last hour!

19. "...did you write this textbook yourself?"

Oh, you're *THAT* professor.

20. "Can we NOT introduce ourselves?"

I don't want to know these people, and they don't want to know me. 

If only our professors would hear us out. For now, just write it in a letter and burn it (just not in your dorm).

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Mia Renee Cole - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mia Renee is currently the Senior Editor with Fresh U and a student at UNC Chapel Hill, where she is studying Spanish and French. In her free time she enjoys knitting, photography and drinking hot tea while writing on her personal blog. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @miareneecole or her blog at!

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