Something good happened today.
In one of my math classes, we do what the prof calls “proof in the round.” Basically she starts somewhere, and then each person in turn says a sentence of the proof. It encourages participation and not sleeping. She’s not like testing us or anything, cause she’ll really help you along if you’re stuck (also, if you’re stuck, probably others are too).
But today when she got to me, my brain thought we were under attack or something, and I froze up. Like, couldn’t talk and couldn’t think. I was all deer in the headlights. I think I managed to stammer something after much help, and the prof moved on to the next person. I wasn’t too worried, because it happens all the time. It was more annoying than anything else. But I was worried that the prof thought that I had no clue what was going on. Especially since it was like the second or third day of class and she hadn’t known me for very long.
A couple hours later I was doing homework in the same building and she comes up to me, which I guess I kind of expected. But I was embarrassed and I never know how profs will react. She actually was really nice about it and wanted to make sure that there wasn’t anything that she should be doing different to make me feel more comfortable in her class, or if there was anything wrong or anything. She was super nice and super willing to be accommodating if need be. I told her that everything’s fine and that it happens sometimes, and it’s probably because it’s the beginning of the year. And she said that she was sure I could have figured out the proof if I wasn’t deer-in-headlights. She knows I’m actually pretty smart and try my best.
So that was nice. :)