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Homo professoris, Part II: The Email Reply

The rakish response to a freshman's facepalm-inducing email you wish you sent.

In the true spirit of this blog's title, "Evolutionary Entertainment," I bring you Part II in an ongoing series on the daily life of Homo professoris. (Here’s Part I)

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A FRESHWOMAN’S EMAIL I RECEIVED THE NIGHT BEFORE CLASSES STARTED:

Hello! Will we be needing the textbook at all this semester? Also, if you do not mind me asking, what type of notebooks do we need?

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A FRESH PROFESSOR’S RESPONSE?*

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Welcome to The U, princess4life1995@______.com:

I have no idea which class you're in, but I can assure you that the textbook will be used often and that any notebook will do nicely.

On a related note, where did you attend high school where you were instructed on which notebook to use but instructed not to read your textbook? I ask because, having two young children, I now need to decide if I should move them, home school them, or forsake them and weep for our nation's future. 

Cheers,
Professor Kuhle 

PS: A good habit when emailing professors is to address and sign-off your messages. And state which course you're in. And not ask if the textbook is needed or which notebook to use. :)  

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*My lawyer instructed me to add the question mark for "wiggle room." ;)

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If you enjoyed this then you might enjoy my other short posts in this ongoing series:

Homo professoris, Part I: The Nasal Groom

Homo professorus, Part III: The 'Show Me Your Big d' Lecture

Homo professoris, Part IV: Survival of The Blender Avoider?

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of Psychology Today and the University of Scranton, or me, and certainly not the views of my friends, family, probation officer, gut bacteria, darkest thoughts, and personal mohel.

Copyright © 2013 Barry X. Kuhle. All rights reserved.

Barry X. Kuhle, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Scranton.

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