Not ready for my close-up

July 9, 2009

CNBC was in my classroom last night.

They were shadowing and filming one of my students for a program to air this fall, and they taped me teaching my class.

It was only a little disconcerting (ha!) to have the camera aimed at me while I did my thing. I’m far more comfortable on the other side of the camera, part of the “starmaking machinery.”

Even though I doubt they’ll use much of me (thank God) I wasn’t exactly thrilled to have them there, and especially to be taped without sufficient time to diet or cram myself into a few layers of body shapers. But as a former PR person myself, I couldn’t exactly turn the University down when they called me Monday.

At least it was a good hair day. Even with the summer rain and humidity.

And I did turn down the opportunity to be interviewed on camera about what the university did for disabled students–on one hour’s notice and no information. “Miss Scarlett, I don’t know nothin’ about that!”

On the bright side, when the Real Housewives of Tampa come calling, I’m ready.

Have I said that I love my class this summer? They are way brighter than the norm. It makes them both easier and more difficult to teach. No coasting possible!

I also have a famous football player’s grandson in my class. He told me that I was one of the very few female professors who recognized the name. Which I did, first day. He is turning out to be bright, interesting and a piece of work.

It’s the “piece of work” part that will be a challenge.

Overall, I love teaching college students. That generation is interesting, but they can be arrogant.

Based on nothing. Because they’re too young and green to have earned it.

Sometimes, you just want to slap them, you know?

I think corporal punishment is frowned on at the college level, though.

2 comments on “Not ready for my close-up
  1. Spinster says:

    Oooh, you’ll have to let me know when it airs. I want to see your big debut! Can’t wait to meet all the little runts 🙂

  2. Can you believe it? I freaked out!
    Hey this is a smart smart class!
    Loving your blog, BTW.

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