"Academic Like Me"

Jan 3rd, 1995
I have long heard of the lives of the privileged classes, and now I have prepared myself to experience life as a member. Tomorrow, I will don the the uniform of the academic and re-enter society, NOT as I once was, a worker and pawn of the educated classes, but as a peer of those very people. Tomorrow, I shall become an academic!

Jan 4th, 1995
Dressed in a pair of green slacks with shortened legs, red cardigan and egg-yolk-stained tee-shirt; sporting a scraggly beard and armed only with a pipe, I stepped onto the University Campus.

Immediately upon mumbling some incomprehensible gibberish, I was greeted on with respect and awe by my fellow academia

Applying for tenure was simple. The questions were very direct:

		They:	Do you know what you're doing?
		Me:	This is Belgium, right?
		They:	You have a masters in English?
		Me:	I have a Red Volvo!
		They:	And you're applying for a position in the department
			of Physics?
		Me:	I think sometimes, therefore I am illogical!

I was appointed immediately and released to an unsuspecting student population.

Jan 5th 1995
Today was my first as a lecturer. I prepared concientiously by drinking heavily, watching lots of television and going to bed very late the preceding night

Turning up at my lecture the prescribed 1 minute late, I spoke of Yeats and the passion of his poetry.

The first year Physics students were left speechless.

Jan 6th 1995
I did not go to work today, due to my thinking it was Saturday.

Jan 7th 1995
I did not go to work today, due to my thinking it was a Wednesday

Jan 8th 1995
I went to work today and was distressed at the lack of attendance.

Jan 9th 1995
Being conscientious in the maintenance of my diary, I take a well deserved holiday knowing that in three more days I will be eligible for a six month sebattical.

Jan 12th 1995
My lecture this morning was a landmark effort. I launched into the explanation of the right-hand-rule, then, remembering that I was an academic, subverted myself into discussing of the right-hand-rule of hitch-hiking, the dangers of hitchhiking, the dangers of hitching in South America, my Holiday in South America, the woman I met in South America, the place she worked at, their physics department, then to finish off, what their physics department said about the right-hand- rule.

I think I was well received

Jan 13th 1995
A minor peice of confusion here in that I brought my Telephone book instead of my lecture notes.

I improvised the basic electrical safety section of the course with the aid of two paper clips, a student and a handy power point.

I feel sure the class now appreciates the dangers of electricity.

Attendance dropped by one.

Jan 14th
Being a friday, I decide to excite my first year pupils with an experiment in wave theory. I walked into the lab, waved, and left.

I'm sure my students appreciated the humourous content

Jan 17th
Having now mastered when weekends occur, I turned up to receive confirmation of my sebattical, taking it, on full pay, immediately

Jul 17th
Back from sebattical I realise that I did not make arrangements for a stand-in lecturer.

In an attempt to catch up for the lost time, I set the students some homework, pages 1-375, read and do all exercises.

Jul 18th
Attendance was exceptionally low today with only one student in class. When I asked him how his homework was going as his entire coursework depended on it. He screamed and left.

I marked him absent and informed the grants department that no-one was attending my courses.

Jul 21st
My students are all back having received the letter informing them that grants are only paid to attending students.

Scholarship students, with a far harsher attendance policy, are openly weeping.

Jul 24th
I am now eligible for three months extra-curricular sebattical, which I decide to take immediately, warning my students that the exam will be held the day I return, covering all aspects of the course, including the last minute addition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica to the Book List. I expect all students to have a copy.

Oct 24th.
Exam day. Having no preparation time, I use last years exam and substitute different values for the equation.

I randomly appoint a student from another class to work out the answers and mark the exams.

Oct 27th
I receive the results of the exam which indicate that 89% of the class passed the exam. Lauded as an academic genius, I am awarded 6 months further paid sebbatical to study the effects of alcohol on the mind. Starting the third day of term next year.

I think I'm on a winner here.