Quite Content to Be a Noun

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When I explain to people that I've had a difficult time picking a major and sticking to it in college, they ask what my interests are. I'll sigh and respond, "English, history, math, marketing, foreign languages, music, and a few others." Because it would be completely illegal for them to not offer their advice at this point, every single one will ask, "Have you considered teaching?"

Wow! No! You're the first person to suggest that! Problem solved. Thanks, buddy!

In reality, there's no way I could teach. I have less patience than most two-year-olds, and I can't imagine that would be useful in a classroom setting. I've pictured the scene in my head many times, and I always end up throwing a book or a white board marker at the student in the back who can't learn to spell "onomatopoeia."

That said, I'm not always sure how to handle myself at work these days, where I've been turned into a verb and hailed as "a wizard," "the bestest," and "the smartest person ever."

Really, I just paid attention in third grade and picked up a few tips about Microsoft Office. Also, I live at a computer, so I know how to use one. If not, I know how to use Google. So, if those are truly the qualifications for being "the bestest," well, fine. But man, Mozart is going to be so disappointed.

Things I (patiently) taught my coworkers last week:

  • How to resize a textbox in Publisher.
  • How to insert a right tab (or any tab) in Word and drag it around on the ruler.
  • How to justify text in Word or Publisher.
  • Shortcut functions like CTRL+Z, CTRL+Y, CTRL+C, etc.
  • How to open a new tab in a browser.
  • How to switch between tabs in a browser.
  • How to open a program from the Start menu.

So. Yeah. That vacation can happen any time now.

P.S. This entry is not at all meant to be a slam against my coworkers. They're great! I just wish I had the patience to teach them what they need to know. :(

Blindsquirrel

Blindsquirrel

There's an old saying about computers...

"If you know one more thing about computers than the person next to you, then they think you're a genius!"

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Blindsquirrel: TOO TRUE.

chris

chris

I think it'd be okay to be an adjective. For example, "that purple is so Rachel" where Rachel is roughly equivalent to the term HAWT.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

chris: haha. I have to admit... I wouldn't mind being roughly equivalent to HAWT in this or any other universe. Alas, I think "Rachel" is a lot closer to "nerdy" or "awkward" than any other adjectives. :)

Jace of Fuse!

Jace of Fuse!

I think it is worth point out that Geeky is Sexy. EOT

Tez

Tez

Geek is the new black. Flaunt it, baby.

Michael

Michael

Wow, it would seem that all of your readers are either blatant suckups trying to make you feel better, or they're all nerds. Being that this is the internet, and all can see this comment, I'm going to vote for the later.

Chris: What if it's a bad adjective? It all really depends... but based on the fact that all her coworkers seem to think she is amazing, it's probably not a bad one.

Wow, I really need to debate someone... I think I'm going through withdrawals.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Jace of Fuse! and Tez: Thank you for the support, my pretties.

Michael: There certainly was an outpouring of nerd love in the comments. The internet spoils me rotten like that. Don't be hatin' on us nerds, though, or I will have to shake my finger at you menacingly.

Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child

Picking a career path / college major is tough. For some, there's just not a mold into which they can fit easily. That being said, you'll do well no matter what you pick.

Also, has anyone ever asked you to help because they can't, "get there thing to do?" Well, if not, you're lucky.

Michael

Michael

I'm not hatin' the nerds. I am a nerd. I get paid to be a nerd.