I normally don't rant about students, but a fellow blogger in academia will appreciate this scene:
Entitled Student: So I won't be here for the quiz on Monday.
Me: Well, you know there are no make up quizzes.
ES: But I'll be in Europe.
Me: (without sarcasm) That's great! Have a wonderful time!
ES: (looks blankly, then) Yes but what about the quiz?
Me: The quiz? Oh, yes, the quiz is on Monday.
ES: But I'll be in Europe!
Me: (still no sarcasm, big smile) Have a good time!
ES: (looking simultaneously confused and frantic) The quiz. How can I make up . . .
Me: you can't.
ES: (pleading) But I'll . . . be . . . in . . . Europe.
Me: (relenting an inch) Fine -- you can take it by email.
ES: But I won't have email in Europe! (sulks back to desk)
All, did you know they still don't have the interweb in Europe? Dh emailed me from Ethiopia, so I just assumed . . .
Today (one week and one day after quiz, a couple days after his return) I receive this email from ES:
A, can you tell me what is going to be on the quiz? I need to know what to study.
There was a study guide on-line for a week before the quiz. When today can I email you the quiz so you can take it? It only takes an hour.
ES: I'm all booked. I can take it Thursday afternoon.
(in my head)
I really, really, really hope he enjoyed his trip to Europe.