On a day like this, I wished we had more students who questioned the established system at TU Graz by showing more “original” behavior.
I would like…
- if students showed up in all lectures and always sat in the first row (in order to get us teachers going);
- if students visited teachers in their office hours each week at least once and had numerous questions (in order to prove that there are by far not enough teachers);
- if students openly expressed their disgust about university teachers who think that teaching is an activity of minor importance (in order to change this alleged attitude of teachers);
- if students protested against monopoly by offering alternative food on campus; (high-quality learning needs high-quality food);
- if students populated the meadows around the campus, pretended to be dogs and threatened to behave exactly like dogs on these meadows; (“campus” is Latin and means “field”; a campus is traditionally the land on which a college or university and related institutional buildings are situated. Usually a campus includes libraries, lecture halls, residence halls, student centers or dining halls, and park-like settings [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campus]; a university campus was thus never meant to be used as a dogs’ restroom.)
- if students asked for refrigerators and micro-wave ovens to cool and heat their own lunch boxes, and if students asked for more places to hang out at the university; (see comment on “campus” above);
- if students put up posters in the subterranean classrooms i11, i12, and i13 showing windows towards spectacular mountains with snow or exciting beaches with sun, then took photos of these posters and sent those photos to the professor of architecture who designed the lecture rooms i11, i12, and i13; (“Change the world“);
- if students asked for 4 more weeks per semester for accommodating a decent exam-preparation period at the end of each semester; (similar to how they study at KTH Stockholm, for instance);
- if students protested against having to share a teacher’s attention with all too many other students; (but we do not need less students, we need more teachers);
- if students continuously registered and unregistered for an exam in order to protest against the behavior of some of their colleagues who routinely do this without being hindered by the system; (well, maybe this advice is overdoing the thing; but I hate to see that for yesterday’s exams initially there were 28 candidates, but only 7 of them were showing up in the end);
- if students protested against courses which are superfluous due to their hardly existing challenge; (if I joined a proper sports club, I would want to have world-class training with world-class trainers and world-class material);
- if students not immediately and simultaneously followed all of my 11 wishes above, since I would then not understand the world anymore and probably would go insane within a couple of weeks. I like my little office where students appear only occasionally and where students typically leave me alone most of the time.