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Every Type of Person You Have to Deal with in Discussions

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Wisconsin chapter.

Having to go to discussion once a week is bad enough, but sometimes the people in your class make it feel like a punishment. From the people who don’t care at all to those that take it way too seriously, the people in your class can seriously lower your motivation to go to class. Keep reading to see every type of person you have to deal with in your discussions.

The Panicked One

Usually seen with a large coffee and a dozen multicolored pens, The Panicked One is asking questions about the final before the TA has handed out the syllabus. Their grade in the class is a life-or-death situation, and nothing will get in the way of them earning full participation points.

The Nomad

The Nomad walks in 15 minutes late, spends the entire discussion on their phone and leaves without saying a word. Pro tip: don’t be this person.

The Know-it-all

This student has done all of the readings and taken perfect notes no less, and they want you to know it. Their hand is raised for the entire class, and they are unreasonably offended if they don’t get called on.

The Aspiring Professor

This student thinks that they’re the best person to teach the class, even if it’s only the second week of the semester. They talk over the TA constantly, and “actually” is one of the only words in their vocabulary.

The Wannabe BFF

The Brownnoser wants an A in the class, but actually working hard is too difficult for them. Instead, they try to get on the TA’s good side, asking about their weekend plans and telling them that they’re way better than the professor. Then, they ask what exact questions will be on the midterm in two days.

There’s no doubt that discussions are the worst, and some of the people you encounter in them make it that much harder. Even though discussions (and the people in them) can be a drag, we’re still so much better off with them than without them.

I am a senior at the greatest university— the University of Wisconsin. I am in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, double tracking in reporting and strategic communications and earning a certificate in and Digital Studies. I am a lover of dance, hiking, writing for Her Campus, the Badgers and strawberry acais. I am also a president of Her Campus Wisconsin.