Forever Young November 28, 2012Posted by mareserinitatis in teaching.
My car was in the shop yesterday, and I had to get a courtesy vehicle to come and pick me up when it was ready. The way my schedule worked, it was easiest for them to pick me up after teaching. When it came, therefore, it picked me up from the middle of campus.
As I was chit-chatting with the driver of the vehicle, he asked if I was a student.
I’m always amused by this question (or sometimes comment) given I’m old enough to be the parent of many of my students. And I seem to get it a lot. Granted, I think some of it is that I’m in a university setting. Chances of someone being a student are pretty large, especially if they’re still toting backpacks around, so I imagine that’s part of the reason. Maybe I don’t look ‘teacherly’ enough.
I’m enjoying getting the question for now, but I have to wonder what will make it stop. When I get gray hairs? More wrinkles? Stop carrying a backpack? Using a cane? My kids are too big to haul around in strollers, so doing that isn’t an option.
What do you think separates the students from the teachers/professors in terms of looks?