Well, I finally got my test scores back. I say finally because it took my Interpersonal Communication teacher 1 1/2 weeks too finish grading the tests! Okay, so, here it is: On my Spanish test I got 96%, on my Interpersonal Communication test I got 93%, and on my Science test I got......... 100%! Yay! The Science teacher laid it out for us again about who got what. 5 As, 4 Bs, 7 Cs, 5 Ds, and 7 Fs. And only one person got 100%. I felt a little bit honored, but it did make me a bit of a target. News got around about who it was who got 100%. One of them asked me, "What's your secret?" I explained my studying techniques and the girl next to her gasped and said something to the effect that, "So you have to do flashcards all weekend instead of going out." Gee, I don't study THAT much. But I guess I let them down. There is no easy secret. It just comes from studying, and that's how you do it.
In my Interpersonal Communication class we watched a film called The Station Agent. It's about a dwarf and his life experiences and how he befriends some people. Well after the movie, and in conjunction with an article we had to read, we came to a discussion of hurtful words, and how some commonly used words can be very hurtful to some people. Among them were retarded and midget. The word midget has a history in sideshows, which is why it is so hurtful, the correct terms being dwarf or little people. I included the word ma'am. I hate that word. I don't think anyone should ever use it. It's very hurtful. But the teacher insisted that some people like to be called ma'am. She didn't say who, though. I've never met anyone who likes to be called ma'am. What do you think? Is there anyone who likes to be called ma'am? Anyhoo, at least I tried, and got it out there.
We also talked about "totalizing" others. This is where you attribute a whole host of characteristics to someone based on only one piece of information about that person, and it's usually negative. I mentioned that homeless people are "totalized." As I volunteered at a soup kitchen for four years, I can definitely say that homeless people have to take it from everyone. People just don't have nice things to say or think about homeless people. Just because they're homeless doesn't mean they're worthless. They don't deserve to be treated worse than anyone else. There are certainly people with homes who present well who are rotten to the core--not only homeless people, and not always homeless people. Some of them have just had hard lives--lives that most people wouldn't deal well with. Where's the compassion? Homeless people are just as dynamic, intelligent, and worthwhile as anyone, just less fortunate. Okay, I'll get off my soapbox. Just had to get that out of my system.