The Winter semester started in early January, but I can’t seem to put myself into study mode. First, there is my very full-time job. I work in an environment where futile things such as eating and sleeping, let alone studying, are almost frowned upon. And then, there is the usual winter blues. It’s hard to walk to class after a full day of work when it’s cold, windy and pitch black.
Last semester, one of my classes was just fucked up. The professor, as well as both of the teacher’s assistants, were native French speakers but the class was taught in English. It was a struggle to understand what they were saying… and it got me mad. I’m not one to make fun of language abilities but come on, don’t teach an English class if you are not comfortable with the language! And shall I remind you that I was myself “forced” to attend my classes in English because I couldn’t prove that French was my mother tongue? I love Canada but this country has an issue with language(s).
I mostly studied on my own. The class quickly gave up on the prof (at one point, I showed up in class and only 8 were attending out of 200 students) and we were left with a massive list of readings to complete. I actually learned a lot from them so I can’t complain too much.
I’m also happy with my grades so far: two A- and—believe it or not—I passed my French as a second language test! (insert sarcastic laugh here) The University actually sent me a very nice framed “Certificat de bilinguisme” that I will definitely keep for memory.
This semester, I’m taking a first-year class (a prerequisite). Not to sound arrogant, but I find it very basic and I’m shocked to see a lot of students don’t master basic grammar skills… or lack general knowledge for that matter. Last class, the teacher asked the students to name states. The first answer of a student? Africa. Second answer? Québec. Argh.
I feel like an outcast. Students are pretty “young and innocent” and I don’t really fit in. The professor also seems fond of group work, which I hate because I really don’t have time to hang out at university with other students after class. I know I sound antisocial—I’m not, but I must admit that all my group work experiences have been lame. I love working as a team in a professional setting but not in academics. I guess I’m learning now…