Think before you speak.
My new college has me set to take a math placement exam. This is even though I’ve taken enough math classes for my original degree program AND I took pre-calculus at a networked community college this spring under their instruction to do so. I thought this might be an error, so I called to ask about it.
I have no qualms with math. I’m very good at it and it comes naturally to me. That said, to work the problems out, you have to write down steps. This can’t be typed, and the best option I’ve found is drawing them on my tablet with my finger. While this works for me, it’s really painful (not as painful as actually writing, of course). I was hoping to avoid this test for that reason.
The person I spoke with assumed I didn’t want to take it because everyone hates math. She actually said to me, “Oh, it won’t take that long to do. It won’t hurt as bad as you think it will.”
"It won’t hurt as bad as you think it will."
Granted, she had little idea of the problems I have. We met twice almost a year ago. She’s the one who told me to take pre-calc, so I know I brought up the issue. I don’t fault her for forgetting. My memory is shit, so I can’t get mad at others for things I do. That said, she shouldn’t have said that to ANYONE! You never know if the person you’re speaking to is disabled and might have issues with things.
What she said was VERY offensive to me. I wasn’t able to speak for about ten seconds after she said it. I face-palmed so hard that I may have left a permanent handprint. I tried to explain my writing problems, granted not as well composed as I would have liked. She didn’t make any effort to understand and tried to convince me to contact disability services to schedule to take the test on paper.
It’s not that hard to not be EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE like this. I just can’t wrap my head around why some people seem to not even be trying.
Rachel is currently helping me go through mail that’s been sitting for months. I just haven’t been functional enough to go through it. Some are governmental forms that need to be turned in by tomorrow. I hate not being able to get this kind of stuff done sometimes.