Today, I began class by asking my students what they thought of the school.
Me: So is anyone going to apply to SUNY Cobleskill?
Katherine and Douglas: It smelled like cows/It was just like a petting zoo.
Me: Really? What trip did you two go on?? And, by the way, that doesn't answer the question I asked.
(Rest of class murmurs agreement.)
Katherine: Well, it did smell like cows. And there were cows there.
Me: Uh huh . . . So how about we hear from someone who liked the college?
Katherine: But I did like it! It was peaceful, too, and I know I could get some work done.
Me: Oh. Okay. Traditionally, if you mention that a place smells like cows, most people don't take that as a positive. . . . so what else did you like about the campus? The programs?
Grace: The coffee was delectable.
Me: Really? Delectable? Wow.
Grace: Yes. Delectable. But the ice-cream was mad fake.
Me: Okay. Food quality is certainly one thing to consider when applying to colleges, but what about the possible majors? Or what the EOP director was telling you about?
Blanche: The dorm room was mad small.
Me: Actually, it's pretty large for a college dorm.
Blanche: Miss? I'm definitely applying, though. I really liked it.
Katherine: Me, too.
James: We should take a trip to that college with the free tuition.
Me: Hmmm. The one in Kentucky? That's an overnight.
Amanda: Yeah! We should do that!
Me: Honestly, the idea of doing an overnight trip gives me chills . . .
Thomas: Miss? What are you saying? That you don't have faith in us?
Me: No, I actually have great faith in you, but I'm also a realist.
(Class laughs knowingly.)
Me: Besides, that would be an expensive trip.
James: Naw, Miss, you can drive, and we'll pack food to eat.
Thomas: Yeah, and I"ll bring the GPS!
Amanda: We could take turns driving!
Me: O, good lord!
James: And we'll just drive through the night.
Michelle: Yup. We need to get on planning this right now. We can leave on some Friday.
Me: Hmmm. And when you say "we" you mean "me" (pointing to myself), right?
Michelle: Well, yeah.
Thomas: Hey! I got you covered with the GPS!