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posted by [personal profile] towith at 03:38am on 28/09/2011
I enrolled into college this year. I am enjoying myself and all is going well, however today something unexpected happened. I overheard a classmate referring to me as a swot. For my non-UK friends, a swot as defined by the UrbanDictionary is as follows:

(Offensive Slang) Swot; A person who values his education at least three times more than his social life and his teacher at least three times more than his friends, hypothetically.

I am not exactly a stranger to insults. While insults are not exceptionally good for morale, they are not going to alter a habit I find conducive. I enjoy reading, learning and independent study. What surprises me is that my classmates are all over 20 years old, they have made a conscious effort to re-enter the education system and yet there is still this nonsense. Surely we can rise above the level of shit-throwing chimps with damaged egos.

Disclaimer: The vast majority of the people in my class are agreeable.
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Nil

posted by [identity profile] tydestra.livejournal.com at 02:44am on 28/09/2011
Its good to see that the anti-intelligence movement is alive and well in the UK
 

Nil

posted by [identity profile] chrissie.livejournal.com at 07:58pm on 28/09/2011
what she said.
 

Nil

posted by [identity profile] johnny9fingers.livejournal.com at 08:02am on 28/09/2011
You'd have thought that some folk could lose the stupidity by the time they enrol for college.

In my day "Inky Swot" was a badge of honour, at least amongst those of us to whom the appellation applied.

More ink to your swottiness, and power to your elbow.

 

Nil

posted by [identity profile] towith.livejournal.com at 06:08am on 29/09/2011
Thanks. It does quite befuddle me. Do they not understand the role of a student. Are they not curious about the world. Have they never sat up at night wondering about what it is to be human and how we got here. Do they wish they do could these things, or are they simply content in their ignorance.
 

Nil

posted by [identity profile] ruperthemoose.livejournal.com at 08:44pm on 28/09/2011
From my recent experience at college, I can say that at least 60% of the kids there were going just because they were "bored of wandering around the Beverly Center Mall". Kudos to you for actually giving a damn about your education. Someone's gotta. And hey, I just added you to my LJ Friends:)
 

Nil

posted by [identity profile] towith.livejournal.com at 05:47am on 29/09/2011
Thanks, I added you back :)

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