Writing Entry 2: Brown Nosers

I realize that I am only in my second semester of college, but I can’t help but notice the very competitive students I have in my classes. It has been in the back of my mind since the beginning of January, and I thought I would rant about how I feel…

Brown nose (v) : One who brownnoses (flatters or humors somebody in an obsequious manner for personal gain); one who sucks up; a bootlicker, ass-kisser, sycophant.

(NOTICE: There is a variety of wording up above that describes the characteristics of a brown noser. If only brown nosers followed the structure of a dictionary, maybe them majority of us could understand them. Just a thought.)

These people do exist and the unfortunate part of it all is that they exist very loudly. If for some reason you forget their existence they will regain their presence by raising their hand 100 times during a 50 minute class period. I realize that people have confidence; there is nothing wrong with that. There is a fine line; however, that distinguishes an intelligent and well thought out person as opposed to an attention “Whore” who likes to brown nose obsessively.

The most frustrating part of it all is that most brown nosers speak at a highly annoying level of vocabulary. For the most part I can’t help but block their words out. It’s not that I don’t want to listen to yet another opinion/fact about the current topic in class discussion; it’s just that I suddenly get lost. Maybe I just need to extend my vocabulary, but I’m capable of using my context clues skills and I don’t feel like I need to read the entire dictionary before I attend class. I understand if someone has something to add to the discussion with intelligent wording and an extensive thought behind it, but if it’s continuously and constantly — there is a problem. A very obvious problem at large. The professor, for the most part responds to the student — and they are on the same page. That’s the point — THEY are on the same page.

Is it just me or am I the only one lost? If that is the case and I’m just dumb as a door nail, then please speak up and rattle my brain to wake up! I find; however, that I am NOT the only one because I have spoken to a variety of people on this subject and they agree. The blank stares around the room are also indicators that I’m not the only one. I have opinions and knowledge about many things, but those darn brown nosers usually get it out first. They are in neon lights saying “pick me” and I’m not one to steal the spotlight. I also don’t like to be redundant unless I am speaking to a five year old — so repeating something they have just said is beyond me. I’d rather just nod my head and agree. What’s the point of adding a hand to the mix when the brown nose is always picked?

You might be thinking — start a revolution and change the ways of the classroom. I could. But what would that get me? The label of another brown noser? Curse the labels. Thank you to all the brown nosers who provide such a thick line between the weak and the strong. Thank you for turning such a simple thing as raising your hand to answer questions or makes comments such a competitive battlefield. Oh yeah — and thank you professors for continuing to call upon that particular individual who just made a comment four minutes ago. It really helps our self esteem.

I realize not everyone thinks like me. These are my thoughts. Thank you.


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