Thoughts that run through your head when you see your GSI outside of class

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Students sometimes see their graduate student instructors, or GSIs, outside of the classroom, but it’s difficult to gauge how to react. After all, the only place a GSI should be is at the front of a small, 30-person classroom (anywhere else just seems wrong). So naturally, when students accidentally bump into one of their GSIs, a flurry of thoughts runs through their heads.

1. Is that my GSI? I hope he doesn’t see me.

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2. He looks shorter and less intimidating outside the classroom. Wow, I don’t even feel inferior to him anymore!

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3. Wait, why is he outside? It doesn’t look or feel right.

4. Oh dear God, he saw me. I think we made eye contact.

5. Should I say hi?

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6. Does he even know who I am?

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7. I should say hi, just so he’ll think I go to discussion a lot.

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8. I don’t think he knows who I am. Serves me right for not going to discussion the past five weeks in a row.

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9. Should I ask him about my grades? I really need to raise my grade.

10. Hmm, maybe if I tell him I’ll name my firstborn child after him, he’ll give me an A. Would that be unethical?

 

11. I should just compliment him on what a great GSI he is, so he likes me more.

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12. When is this conversation going to end? I don’t even remember what reading he’s talking about.

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13. Oh no, he just asked me a question about the reading. I’ll give him the most vague and general answer I can think of.

14. This is so uncomfortable. I’m so uncomfortable. I really hope this conversation ends soon.

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15. I feel so stressed out just talking to him. I just realized I literally have no idea what’s happening in our class.

16. Ugh, finally it’s over. I think I just sweated through my shirt within a matter of minutes.

17. I should really go to discussion more often.

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