Back to class

Once in a while in your hectic life that is worklife, you get sent back into class for ‘trainings’. Long long ago, so long ago, no one knows how long ago, I used to be in college. Where you had to be present before the bell rang, where coming late was the norm for hostel-folks and we (day scholars) were considered geeky nerds (yeah, if geek and nerd by itself wasn’t bad enough) just because we sat in the front bench and came on time. Don’t even get me started on school.

But I digress.

Without divulging a lot of details, I’ll just say that I had a one day training class on a non-technical topic recently. No, you can’t make me say what it was about. I’m just saving you some laughs. Given below are some of the observations I made in my notepad. Instead of listening to the instructor, you ask? No. I wrote these during those awkward silences that happen when the instructor asks a very easy question but no one answers ‘coz everyone’s so sure it’s a trick question because the answer is so insanely simple. Too much education does that to you, ya know.

Observations –

– You get a wicked pleasure in seeing the latecomers come late. If you had to get up an hour ahead of your usual schedule just to get there on time, it is so totally unfair to have someone coming late. I have absolutely no qualms in judging you. Very critically at that.

– The EQ questionnaires. They have become oh-so-smarty-pants these days. I’ll tell you why. The same question (word for word, mind you) is repeated at least thrice in the course of a 80 question questionnaire. If you’re lying (for no apparent reason ‘coz the answers are known only to you and you alone), you better have a good memory and keep your lying consistent. Else they call your bluff and you end up with what is, indeed, the truth. Which ofcourse is very bitter.

– I went one up on the smarty-pants questionnaire. I went back and checked my answer for the two previous times the same question was asked and kept my answer consistent. Take that, you silly stapled piece o’ questionnaire paper!

– During breaks, if you happen to be some of the few in the room who decided the cafeteria coffee was not exactly worth getting up for, the topic of discussion is almost always the traffic and/or the weather. And trust me, everyone bitches about traffic. And everyone thinks the weather’s way too hot. Even if you’re talking in December, you ultimately end up talking about how bad the summer was! I think they should pass a law that forbids you to discuss weather.

– When the instructor calls out for volunteers to help him/her with something, the first reaction from us is panic. Plain, unadulterated panic. No one makes eye contact with the instructor lest he/she be called. That’s when you remembered something really important that you absolutely had to make a note of and reach for your pen and paper. Or you just act like you were deaf. And look at everyone around you thinking ‘why the heck won’t you people volunteer? I’m deaf, I didnt hear a thing she said’.

These are just things I noticed in one session. But what still amazes me is that even after being out of class for so many years, that vision of someone teaching you still makes you do things that you used to do in school/college, even though it’s completely unnecessary now because now you’re a grown up! You can even walk out of that training room and no one can exactly ask you why. And even if they do, you can lie through your teeth and have them believe you one hundred percent. For, people, such is the life of a grown-up. Even if we don’t volunteer to do something on front of 10 other colleagues. Even if we still take notes on things we know for sure we’ll never need in our life. What if the ‘teacher’ saw me sitting without taking notes?!! Oh dear.

7 thoughts on “Back to class

  1. atleast the trainer wont say “Physically present mentsally absent ” if u doze off…thats like the copyright sentence of the teaching fraternity….

    and taking notes eh??…you ask what if he catches u not taking notes??…It happened
    he marked us out of 10 for class work maintenance….not in school..but in COLLEGE….I got the least..a 4 on 10…..!!!!!


  2. hilarious post:-)nice jottings u have made!

    yeah, we thought lectures and classes sucked, but now, wouldnt we give anything to go back to those days?:-)


  3. Question hour and note-taking are inversely proportional. A person, who takes down notes, or at least pretends as though he/she is taking down notes, will not be caught by the teacher AT ALL..Experience 😀

    I’ve written down everything but Phy,Chem,Math, Biochem in my notebook, but I act as though I take down notes fervently..The poor teacher somehow believes my innocent+nerdy looks (ellam fake look thaan..adhu vera vishyam :D)..Ultimately I don’t become the scapegoat as far as questions-during-class-hrs are concerned..In fact, I used to have a novel on my lap and a note book on my desk, during Biochem classes..i used to bend my head down to read the book (Would be interpreted in a totally different manner by the teacher 😀 )


  4. Nice post there Priya!


    Seminars or training sessions have an incentive in the US (I’m sure some in India have that too) in the form of lunch or snacks..
    So as you savour the food radiating gleeful expression ppl miscontrue you to be engrossed in the lecture!!

    ultimately, you happy, presenter also happy !

    I’m sure your training session didn’t include that INCENTIVE! otherwise you wouldn’t have taken down notes….


  5. Nice read …
    On the weather. If the weather were to remain constant then 90% of the people would not be able to start up a conversation. With so much criticism on the weather, God might lose his cool one-day and sub-contract the weather dept to “Blue Star” !!! LOL!!

    Back to school, sometimes I think the teachers could play around all they wanted with the students because there was no … At the end of the session you fill in the feedback form about the instructor!!! If only that was there I guess things would have been a bit different 😉


  6. stand up on the bench, kneel down, hands up, finger on the lips, I will not talk in the class impostion…idhu lam yedhuvamay illaya…;)


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