Help Me Write An Article About "That Kid" In Your 9 AM Econ Seminar

As a card-carrying member of the Coalition Of English Dorks Attempting To Legimitize Their Choice Of Major By Sucking Up To Newspapers Through Summer Internships (COEDATLTCOMBSUTNTSI for short), I was recently asked to write an article that will appear in the early September edition of a northeast alternative newspaper as part of a special How to Survive College feature. My topic is: How to Deal With That One Kid In Your Class Who Swears He/She/Ze is Smarter Than Everyone Else and Has to Open His/Her/Hir Mouth Every Three Seconds To Prove It.

One could argue that my three years of completed higher education would serve as ample research for this article, but I thought I would turn to you, dear readers, for input. We’ve all had experience dealing with (or even being) The Classmate Who Didn’t Know When To Shut It. In those situations, how did you succeed in shutting out the excess noise and getting through the class? Did you find any methods (doodling, leaving to go to the bathroom, excessive use of irony, getting in fistfights) that worked better or worse than others? Would you say that people who fall under the That Classmate category exhibit different behaviors in different settings (i.e. seminar, study group/TA session, lecture)? Comment here or email me at agreenberg01 AT wesleyan DOT edu.

Thanks in advance!

(Note: To the oh-so-eagle-eyed wise asses among you, no, the irony of this topic is in fact not lost on me, for the record.)

35 thoughts on “Help Me Write An Article About "That Kid" In Your 9 AM Econ Seminar

  1. Anonymous

    One thing I would say is that if you don’t recognize who “that guy” is and you participate somewhat in class, you may indeed, be that guy

  2. Anonymous

    One thing I would say is that if you don’t recognize who “that guy” is and you participate somewhat in class, you may indeed, be that guy

  3. Anonymous

    One thing I would say is that if you don’t recognize who “that guy” is and you participate somewhat in class, you may indeed, be that guy

  4. Anonymous

    I have found a large bag of marbels to be useful…ping one of the back of the kids head everytime he/she steps beyond a reasonable level of class participation and soon enough – he/she will simmer down.

  5. Anonymous

    I have found a large bag of marbels to be useful…ping one of the back of the kids head everytime he/she steps beyond a reasonable level of class participation and soon enough – he/she will simmer down.

  6. Anonymous

    I have found a large bag of marbels to be useful…
    ping one of the back of the kids head everytime he/she steps beyond a reasonable level of class participation and soon enough – he/she will simmer down.

  7. Anonymous

    “While everyone at Wesleyan is that kid sometimes, when it’s not me I tend to take refuge in a crossword puzzle.”I don’t know who you are, but I think you might be me.

  8. Anonymous

    “While everyone at Wesleyan is that kid sometimes, when it’s not me I tend to take refuge in a crossword puzzle.”I don’t know who you are, but I think you might be me.

  9. Anonymous

    “While everyone at Wesleyan is that kid sometimes, when it’s not me I tend to take refuge in a crossword puzzle.”

    I don’t know who you are, but I think you might be me.

  10. Anonymous

    One of the best things to do in this situation is to NOT CARE.Work on yourself and attempt to think about the class material objectively rather than in terms of “how to best crush that annoying kid’s ego” because chances are everyone is just as annoyed with him/her as you are. If you proceed to employ tactics against this kid, you are proving his/her stupidity to no one, especially the kid. If after 20 years he/she doesn’t realize the wisdom behind humility or, worse, doesn’t realize he/she’s actually an idiot, you’ll get nowhere with your efforts.Don’t worry about him/her and just do your own outstanding work.Unless your outstanding work really does rely upon crushing his/her spirit. Then go for it! Build upon your talent! Earn that A!

  11. Anonymous

    One of the best things to do in this situation is to NOT CARE.Work on yourself and attempt to think about the class material objectively rather than in terms of “how to best crush that annoying kid’s ego” because chances are everyone is just as annoyed with him/her as you are. If you proceed to employ tactics against this kid, you are proving his/her stupidity to no one, especially the kid. If after 20 years he/she doesn’t realize the wisdom behind humility or, worse, doesn’t realize he/she’s actually an idiot, you’ll get nowhere with your efforts.Don’t worry about him/her and just do your own outstanding work.Unless your outstanding work really does rely upon crushing his/her spirit. Then go for it! Build upon your talent! Earn that A!

  12. Anonymous

    One of the best things to do in this situation is to NOT CARE.

    Work on yourself and attempt to think about the class material objectively rather than in terms of “how to best crush that annoying kid’s ego” because chances are everyone is just as annoyed with him/her as you are. If you proceed to employ tactics against this kid, you are proving his/her stupidity to no one, especially the kid. If after 20 years he/she doesn’t realize the wisdom behind humility or, worse, doesn’t realize he/she’s actually an idiot, you’ll get nowhere with your efforts.

    Don’t worry about him/her and just do your own outstanding work.

    Unless your outstanding work really does rely upon crushing his/her spirit. Then go for it! Build upon your talent! Earn that A!

  13. Anonymous

    You can’t forget about the special class: freshmen who want to prove that they can cut it and thus spend half the class blabbering about pretty much nothing important. Freshmen are usually VOCAL in “mixed company” classes!

  14. Anonymous

    You can’t forget about the special class: freshmen who want to prove that they can cut it and thus spend half the class blabbering about pretty much nothing important. Freshmen are usually VOCAL in “mixed company” classes!

  15. Anonymous

    I use it as an excuse to bond with/chat up potential friends/love interests after class. “Hey, that kid in our class is pretty annoying huh? Haha yeahhh…wanna get lunch/make out?”

  16. Anonymous

    I use it as an excuse to bond with/chat up potential friends/love interests after class. “Hey, that kid in our class is pretty annoying huh? Haha yeahhh…wanna get lunch/make out?”

  17. Anonymous

    I use it as an excuse to bond with/chat up potential friends/love interests after class.
    “Hey, that kid in our class is pretty annoying huh? Haha yeahhh…wanna get lunch/make out?”

  18. Anonymous

    There was a kid like that in my history seminar last semester, and my friend and I passive-agressively fought him every time he raised his hand by marking down a tally on a piece of notebook paper. There was a day when it reached 18 tallies in 80 minutes…I swear it’s a record. Or we would not-so-quietly whisper about how annoying he was from the other side of the table…this could seem like a bad idea but our professor was clearly on our side. Our mocking him was what made the 9 am class bearable.

  19. Anonymous

    There was a kid like that in my history seminar last semester, and my friend and I passive-agressively fought him every time he raised his hand by marking down a tally on a piece of notebook paper. There was a day when it reached 18 tallies in 80 minutes…I swear it’s a record. Or we would not-so-quietly whisper about how annoying he was from the other side of the table…this could seem like a bad idea but our professor was clearly on our side. Our mocking him was what made the 9 am class bearable.

  20. Anonymous

    There was a kid like that in my history seminar last semester, and my friend and I passive-agressively fought him every time he raised his hand by marking down a tally on a piece of notebook paper. There was a day when it reached 18 tallies in 80 minutes…I swear it’s a record. Or we would not-so-quietly whisper about how annoying he was from the other side of the table…this could seem like a bad idea but our professor was clearly on our side. Our mocking him was what made the 9 am class bearable.

  21. Xiaoxi

    Well, it seems to me, there are two types… one where the kids is ACTUALLY smart, and just likes to show off, and the other type is when that kid is in fact, plain dumb and won’t shut up. I employ different tactics to deal with each.

  22. Xiaoxi

    Well, it seems to me, there are two types… one where the kids is ACTUALLY smart, and just likes to show off, and the other type is when that kid is in fact, plain dumb and won’t shut up. I employ different tactics to deal with each.

  23. Xiaoxi

    Well, it seems to me, there are two types… one where the kids is ACTUALLY smart, and just likes to show off, and the other type is when that kid is in fact, plain dumb and won’t shut up. I employ different tactics to deal with each.

  24. Anonymous

    While everyone at Wesleyan is that kid sometimes, when it’s not me I tend to take refuge in a crossword puzzle.

  25. Anonymous

    While everyone at Wesleyan is that kid sometimes, when it’s not me I tend to take refuge in a crossword puzzle.

  26. Anonymous

    While everyone at Wesleyan is that kid sometimes, when it’s not me I tend to take refuge in a crossword puzzle.

  27. Andrew

    Please post the article up at Welseying when it’s done. That should make for fun reading.Carry on.

  28. Andrew

    Please post the article up at Welseying when it’s done. That should make for fun reading.Carry on.

  29. Andrew

    Please post the article up at Welseying when it’s done. That should make for fun reading.

    Carry on.

  30. Anonymous

    “My topic is: How to Deal With That One Kid In Your Class Who Swears He/She/Ze is Smarter Than Everyone Else and Has to Open His/Her/Hir Mouth Every Three Seconds To Prove It.”that’s ironic, huh, alissa.

  31. Anonymous

    “My topic is: How to Deal With That One Kid In Your Class Who Swears He/She/Ze is Smarter Than Everyone Else and Has to Open His/Her/Hir Mouth Every Three Seconds To Prove It.”that’s ironic, huh, alissa.

  32. Anonymous

    “My topic is: How to Deal With That One Kid In Your Class Who Swears He/She/Ze is Smarter Than Everyone Else and Has to Open His/Her/Hir Mouth Every Three Seconds To Prove It.”

    that’s ironic, huh, alissa.

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