First Step – Taking Notice
Yeah, that’s right. “You’re just a student” is not only insulting to you, but more importantly, such sentiments betray an attitude, especially if coming from someone in a position of power, which can seriously undermine your rightful opportunities to fully participate in the college experience. You need to take note.
Depending on the situation, “You’re just a student” can really mean any and/or all of the following:
1) You’re just a child who should know his/her place, which is to politely and obediently comply with our commands.
2) I am unwilling to show you the respect that I would give to another adult.
3) You don’t really know anything, but we do.
4) Okay, maybe you know a few things, but not nearly as much as we do. Just keep quiet, listen and learn.
5) Let us adults handle the really important issues. Run along and play now.
6) You’ll have to ask our permission if you want to do that.
7) You’re unqualified to challenge us since we are the authorities and you certainly are not.
8) You are fragile and might break if we treat you like an adult.
9) We can easily manipulate you. You won’t even notice that we did it.
10) You are too immature to talk about certain things, like sex, for example.
11) We can make rules up on the spot. Who’s going to know the difference, you? Ha, ha, ha, ha…
12) Why don’t you just wait until you get out of school to ask those kinds of questions? Hmmm? Now go away.
13) We’re not really going to give you the tools to be fully-empowered now. Are you kidding? What, you think we want 30,000 students who know and assert their rights on our campus. As if!