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College: That professor gets on my nerves

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In high school you didn't have this problem. Everyone seemed to get along. But now in college it's different. There are roommate arguments, people in the dorm are either yelling or giving each other the silent treatment, and some of those professors ... well, they just rub you the wrong way. What's wrong?

College is different than high school. The dorms are filled with young adults living in close quarters, and the professors are expecting more from you and expecting you to be an adult, not a high school student.

But why does it feel bad? Because there is conflict and conflict is inevitable in life. Especially in new situations and in closer living quarters.

Why does this happen? Godwin gives us some insight into bad conflicts.

First, in college you are living and working closely with others. That means, just like your family, you are now seeing the flaws in everyone, including yourself. That isn't a bad thing. It just means that you now need to work to accept each other with flaws. It means giving each other grace to not be perfect.

Second, after being in close quarters for awhile, buttons get pushed. Sometimes they get pushed by accident. Sometimes there is that person who just enjoys pushing buttons. Either way, you need to realize what your buttons are and not let people push them. You might need to ignore it, you might need to tell someone to stop.

But what about that professor that just gets on your nerves? It's the same as dorm relationships. Maybe you are starting to see that person's flaws, or maybe that person is pushing your buttons. Either way, it is up to you to decide how to react. You can push back, you can run away, or you can decide to be the adult. That means you either just put up with it knowing you won't be in that class forever, you respectfully say something now or when the class is over for the semester. What won't solve the problem is pushing that professor's buttons or running away.

Just realize that the professor might think he/she is being funny, might be having a bad time in life, or just might be that kind of person. Look at it as short-term training for the job market because you will have bosses and peers just like that.



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