“I know that my registration time says it starts at the end of the month but if I come in person today can I register?”
“But it’s not fair that I have to wait until that day for registration, all the classes will be filled.”
“I don’t care if I’m registering at the same time as all the other people with my same number of credit hours, you need to change mine.”
“So you mean I have to fill out the FAFSA before you will tell me what I qualify for?”
“I can’t fill out that form because I don’t have internet access in my house … can’t you do it for me?”
“But my Community College would tell me my award and information over the phone.”
“My other school never made me fill out forms.”
“I don’t understand, the people at my old University used to do it for me.”
“I want to speak with a supervisor right now!”
Welcome to my life as a University employee. Welcome to the world of whiny people who don’t feel they should have to handle their own business but want someone else to handle it for them … like mommy or daddy do.
Every day I’m confronted with people who genuinely feel like they are a unique snowflake who shouldn’t possibly be made to suffer the same fate as everyone else at the school. Every day I speak with people who have suffered from McDonaldization and think that because we are a University, we should be like every other school and that we should do everything exactly the same. Every day I am constantly reminded that I’m obviously stupid and I don’t care and I’m out to personally ruin each and every ones lives.
News Flash: I actually care about students. I’m not out there trying maliciously to cause strife or to “screw people over”. I’m not a bitch, I’m not an idiot, I don’t try and make things harder for you, and I certainly am not purposely sabotaging your higher education. I try every day to make the University a better place. I try to educate people in a friendly way and help them succeed with their goals. What do I get for this, I ask you? Complaining, arguing, name-calling, talking-over, rude, obnoxious behavior.
When I am in restaurants, or retail stores, or any chance I have of dealing with people … I’m kind and considerate and educated and reasonable. I do my research and I show up prepared. I understand that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar and I don’t ever expect anyone to be perfect. That’s all I ask. Whether it be from co-workers or from customers … please treat me with respect … please treat everyone with respect no matter who they are or what job they are doing.