Quote from Dratz
I am dreading going back to school next week.....not so much because the things I will be learning will be far harder than first year but because I am an older student and found last year that my classmates were the nastiest, uncooperative, jealous, most competitive group of snipes I have ever had to meet. (Although I have met nasty women where I have worked before).
Group work last year was agonizing. I slaved my arse off with group projects and had to deal with lazy, immature partners.
Cliques formed.....I was left out of everything.
The instructor proved to be the most disorganized, immature, giggly, unprepared bonehead that I have ever had to deal with. The stress in the classroom was insane!!. Students were always jockeying for position and there was much fighting and arguing.
Alliances formed and thats when the kids grew nasty.
Gawd I so dread going back......I wonder too if my health will hold up under all the crap.
Thank gawd for allnurses because no one here judges me on my age, my knowledge and my work ethic. No one here teases or taunts me as I try to get thru paralyzing oral presentations ( and me with anxiety and panic attacks).....and I can always find comfort from all of you when I was snubbed by my fellow classmates the entire year for who knows what reason.
I could definately use some kind words and a hug as I get ready for slaughter again in my very small class (14 students) and very young instructor. Cuz, as strong as I think I am, I cried so many tears last year and was so extremely frustrated with the disorganized chaos, gossip, childish behaviour etc etc.....that I wanted to QUIT QUIT QUIT!!!
Tell me I can make it thru, to ignore the crap in class, to revel being ostracized and left out of everything and to enjoy my own quiet time. Tell me that I will never have to see half these snipes ever again once school is out LOL...and reassure me that I can do this!!!.
I am beginning to wonder if you went to my school!!!
I felt the same way about my class. By the time I graduated, I was so ready to hurt someone in my class. BUT, I did it. I, too, was an older student (36 when graduated). I did find a small group of girls that were mature and moral and we stuck by each other and gave each other encouragement. That's difficult to find sometimes. It's hard to trust people. We had alot of "cut throat" individuals in our class, alot of "show offs" and "I got a better grade than you did" kind of people. I vowed I would NEVER allow myself to be a patient of these people, nor work with them. So far, so good.
Keep your chin up, ignore them, try and get as much out of class that you can and remember you are NOT in this for THEM, you are in this for YOU and your family. It is hard, but remember why you are doing this in the first place and try to block out the negative stuff.
As far as your instructor, WOW, that sounds like my first year one. She tried to tell jokes and they were NOT funny, she was a ditz. BUT, our second year instructor was amazing and very knowledgable. AND fortunately, she liked me and my group of friends and she agreed how petty our class was and how competitive they were. She used to stand up in lecture and YELL "Shut up" to the class because there was so much talking going on in the back. I learned alot from her and am grateful.
I wish you the VERY best of luck!