There comes a point in a young professor’s life when nobody in the class gets her jokes anymore.
So today, I made the off-handed comment, “Not only am I the hairclub president, but I’m also a client!”
Student 1: Wait? You’re the president of a hairclub?
Student 2: Huh? Obama uses rogaine?
Student 3: I think she means the college president.
So after my little mid-life crisis, I pulled up the commercial on Youtube so they wouldn’t think I was too crazy. They made fun of the cheesy 90s music. “This commercial is sooo 90s, ” student 4 proclaimed.
That made me feel even older.
The new assistant prof told us over lunch the other day that she had a nightmare that her students were laughing at her. A more senior associate and I told her that our students laugh at us all the time, and sometimes even when we intend them to. I also pointed out that I read somewhere that they’re more likely to remember material when there’s humor. So that’s good, even if the humor was unintentional.
So my joke didn’t go over the way I planned today, but they did get a hearty laugh out of my mid-life crisis. Hopefully that will help them remember non-linear functions.
Help me feel better! Do you have any interesting stories to share about feeling old or people just not getting your jokes anymore?