September 1st, 2016
Yesterday and today were somewhat unsatisfactory. It all started with my interpreting class yesterday morning where once again some students didn't interprete until the end and then complained that it was too fast and too difficult. Ugh. I have had this same video for a few years and passed it in class several times already, and only the last two generations students literally complain about anything.
Then there were some more minor things at work, for example one of the German exchange students who came to my office to tell me that after having been here for four weeks only she's already leaving again, mainly because she finds it so expensive here. I guess some people don't do a lot of research before coming here, and instead think that since it's South America, things will be cheap. This student told me she's spending more money here than in Germany (and obviously also complained about the cold - like I said before, Chilean winters are extremely hard for Germans, and it's not even THAT cold anymore now). Well, Chile is NOT cheap, a lot of things are more expensive here than in Germany.
Having that conversation frustrated me a bit, because it adds to the not so good experiences with German exchange students we've had lately. For example this one girl who came back for her third semester here and is already asking around whether she can just have two exams instead of the three that are marked in the syllabus for the courses she wants to take. How about no?! You register here as a student, you have to take the courses as they are. It also seems the Chilean students don't like her very much, because they asked me when she would be back (she arrived this week) and then pulled faces when I told them. And the other German student who already left actually wrote us an email because she wasn't content with her grade, begging us to reconsider. I suppose she's pissed now, because we answered her that sadly, her interpretation wasn't good enough for a passing grade... I mean it really was rather bad and if we had changed her grade to a passing grade just because she begged, what kind of image would we give??? Sometimes these people think only because they're abroad they can do stuff they'd never do at home. I only IMAGINE them going to the German professors and asking for a better grade... they would throw a fit and kick them out of their offices! (I know them all and they absolutely accept no bullshit at all).
So, that was yesterday and today I had planned to leave early and go to the gym. Only that when I was about to leave I realized my memory stick didn't work anymore. At first it did show all the files on it, but then suddenly it told me to "format the device in order to use it" (which of course I did NOT do). Needless to say I freaked out and called our IT guy immediately. He said he'd check it right away, but time passed, it got later and later, until it was already after 7pm and I decided to go home after all. If I had known he wouldn't manage to finish this I'd have left immediately, because I really didn't get much done without my memory stick! I just hope the files can be recovered, it was 30 GB of files. Most of them I do have backed up, either on my old memory stick or on my computer (it's 30 GB because of all the videos for the interpreting classes, which I have a copy of on my work computer). But still. It will take time to find out which are the files I DON'T have backed up. Probably the odd file here or there I will only realize is missing when I need it. Ugh. But for now I'm not holding my breath, I simply assume all will be lost.
And then when I stepped out of the building, it had just started to rain and of course I didn't have an umbrella! BUT There was a very beautiful rainbow right over the campus, so I took
That's the university emblem, the Campanil
|Date:||September 1st, 2016 08:06 am (UTC)|| |
awwww the rainbow!!! :D
***and only the last two generations students literally complain about anything.***
How about telling them that obviously those new generations have become less intelligent... doh... just doh...
and doh about those German students, too... :(
|Date:||September 3rd, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)|| |
Lately all students have turned into whiners! Even the university-wide protests are pure whining about "We want to participate in decision-making at university, but we don't care about our studies".
|Date:||September 1st, 2016 10:34 am (UTC)|| |
Yikes ... hope you can retrive the files.
That's a very prominent rainbow.
|Date:||September 3rd, 2016 03:45 am (UTC)|| |
I probably won't be able to retrieve the files :-/ The IT guy already tried several retrieval programs and none worked. *sigh*
Love the rainbow
I would have expected things to be cheaper there if I'd not read what you'd written. Is there a guide written by students saying what it is really like to prepare people?
|Date:||September 3rd, 2016 03:47 am (UTC)|| |
We don't have such a guide, this would be more a task for the universities abroad who send their students to us. When we send our students to France, for example, we always give them information about where to apply for housing benefits. Or when they go to Germany we tell them how to find a cheap apartment.
I feel like people in general, not even just young people, feel more entitled as time goes on. Wondering what fuels it.
|Date:||September 3rd, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)|| |
Sometimes I suspect that people these days believe everything has to be fast and without effort because you can do so many things without effort thanks to all the technology. At least in our students' case, ever since they all have smartphones, their way to work in class has changed completely, they have no patience anymore for trying to understand a word in the context, they immediately look everything up. Which of course doesn't work in the exams or during interpreting, and then when things don't work, they complain.
|Date:||September 10th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)|| |
Lovely rainbow! I think I saw it on FB (or was is somebody else with a similar building?) but anyway, I'm really glad to see it here as well :).
|Date:||September 11th, 2016 02:20 am (UTC)|| |
Yes I did post the second picture on Facebook, not the first one :-)