Dear Ask Anything,
How do professors plan down to the day to have all of their major projects due at the same time? Is it purely sadistic or just poor planning?
Christmas decorations are up, the library is packed and we all have at least five papers, two presentations and three exams due within the next two weeks. “It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? Well I Yahooed your question (I decided to switch it up from Google) and came up with nothing. So I’ll give you my two cents (or maybe even three) on it.
1) All (or most) classes end at the same time. Almost all professors believe their class is the most important one you’re taking so they really don’t give a damn if you have something else due that day. Their theory? ‘Deal with it.’ Moving on.
2) Sometimes, at those large “getting to know you” faculty meetings (yes, they have them) professors meet in groups and specifically target students who have similar classes and try to screw them over. No really. REALLY.
3) Sometimes professors just forget you have other classes or that you’re one of the 10,000 full-time students at UW-Eau Claire. Mind you that they also forget you have to have a minimum of 12 credits (usually that’s at least three classes, more likely four) to be considered a full-time student and have health insurance. But that’s a topic all its own. Moving forward.
4) If you think about it, professors have to read and correct about 20 times the number of pages you turn in. So say you wrote a 10 page paper and you have 25 students in your class. That professor now has to read 250 pages and write comments. They really don’t want to hear your whining. Trust me.
Alright, truly though, professors just plan poorly. But you really can’t blame them; it’s more the fault of the university (sorry Eau Claire). They could do something really creative, like end classes gradually. Think about it. One final one week, another the next and so on. I bet the bars would be a lot less crowded during finals week.