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Let the Procrastination Begin
[Misc] Flowers
I'm sitting here trying to convince myself to get started on my outline for my oral argument (tomorrow at three) or study for my Civ Pro midterm that counts for absolutely nothing, will not be graded, and really can't be a midterm because it's taking place a week before finals. Riiight. To quote one of my classmates, "I have a real Torts final next week, so I'll be studying for that."

I'm not really sure what to expect tomorrow, but my practice session went okay. I've heard some horror stories about other people's oral arguments, but they were generally from people who like to make what they've done sound as difficult as possible (sometimes to the point of massaging the truth to the point of outright lying), so, again, not worried. I feel like I know the material. Plus, it's only ten percent of my grade.

Speaking of annoying classmates, I don't know what the heck happened today, but apparently some people are in the "We have a week a class left, so I need to prove how great I am one last time!" mode. This apparently translates into an inability to not understand what a rhetorical question is. Case in point, our Torts professor was lecturing and asked a question that may or may not have been meant for a student to answer. If I want to respond to a question like that, I usually wait a beat or two to see if he actually pauses and looks for a volunteer, then raise my hand.

Not the girl in front of me. The professor asked a question and, rather than waiting to see if he wanted an answer, she spoke up without even raising her hand. That would have been bad enough, but then she actually talked over him at least one time when he tried to go on with his point. Amazing.

She's one of several people in my section who I don't have a problem with one-on-one, but something about her class behavior rubs me the wrong way. It's basically the fact that when she speaks up, she's very obviously using it as a chance to show off her superior knowledge of a given subject...even when the aforementioned superior knowledge is completely non-existent. I think one of my favorite moments in Torts was when she responded incorrectly to a question whose answer was in the assigned reading for the night and, after she floundered along for a while (she didn't realize that publication had a different meaning legally than in common use), I raised my hand and gave the answer in the book...actually citing the case mentioned. Her response was to complain to the person beside her that he was asking the wrong questions or something in that vein. I normally make it a rule not to respond when it might mean making a classmate look bad, but I was pretty happy to break that rule on that one particular occasion.