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Student goes to talk to professor about comments on a paper. Student finds that extra insights given by the professor are helpful. Student thanks professor and confesses that the comments on his paper made him unsure of whether or not the Prof had even looked at his work. Prof reveals that since most students don't care about the comments he doesn't put much effort into them, but he's always happy to add time in for interested students. Student goes back, corrects paper and gets a good grade.



Student goes to talk to professor about comments on a paper. While talking to the professor the student notices that he seems to say the same thing over and over. He tries to make literary references but can't remember the author's names he is looking for. He tries to justify why the student's paper is unclear but he has over looked three pages of proof. The student comes to the conclusion that the professor doesn't know what he is talking about and leaves annoyed. Student goes to department head and school dean. An investigation is made and the school comes to the conclusion that the professor is going senile. They coax him into retiring.


The student is male. He is dressed in more preppy outfits like a button up or polo with fitted khaki pants. It is important for him to look sincerely academic and concerned with grades and professor's comments.


I want the professor to be elderly. Glasses sweater vests the whole class prof look.

OPEN IN MESSY OFFICE PAPERS AND BOOKS EVERYWHERE. ELDERLY MAN SITTING AT A DESK READING


Knock at door


Prof: Come In


Student enters and sits


Student: Professor I had a few questions about the comments you left on my paper


Prof: Oh, well let’s go over them and see if I can make things more clear.


Student: Here you wrote that my title wasn’t a good one, and I thought it was pretty clever.


Prof: Well I think that while it might work for people who are in on the joke you’re making, a broader title would draw more people into your work


Student nods while scribbling


Student: What about here where you just put a question mark over my main theme?

Prof: I see where you are going with this. You want to talk about human’s separation from each other within social circles that seem all about coming together to have fun, but you haven’t driven the point home. I might suggest that instead of using all these vague terms you cite a specific group along with specific examples.


Student: But Professor, part of what I like about the work is the way these themes of isolation could apply to any social group, even if it is best identified in one.


Prof: While that is an interesting paper them, it isn’t the one that you’ve written here. I think that writing a paper which would appropriately point this idea out

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(CONT'D)

and move to try to prove it, would be far longer and more intensive than you’ve thought about. First you would have to show this isolation exists, then instead of appealing to the emotions of the reader to draw them into this idea you would have to point out specific examples from every social setting you are discussing.


Student: That’s not really needed to show universal themes of isolation, couldn’t I just cite universal statistics that point out that the majority of people feel alone at some point in time?


Prof: That is an option, but how do you prove that this bulk number has a representative from ever social group. You could alter your original idea from every social group to most. You could change the focus from social groups to society at large. Either way the paper you have now doesn’t fit the bill.


Student nods thoughtfully


Student:You know Professor, to be honest the vague comments you left made me uncertain of whether or not you would be able to help me improve my paper. I mean a question mark here and there might tell me a need to clarify a point for you, but it certainly doesn’t give me any of the how’s or why’s of the situation. You’ve really been very helpful to me.


Prof smiles and nods


Prof: Let me tell you something about students then, that may surprise you: very few of them actually read the comments on the papers I leave. In my earlier years I used to write reams on papers, but later I realized that I was a wasting my time. Now I just make the basic mark ups. It’s always refreshing to have an occasional student come in and

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(CONT'D)

really talk to me about my comments. It reminds me of why I started teaching.


Student nods again at Professor’s words before standing and stretching


Student: Well thanks again for your thoughts Professor. I really do appreciate the insight and now I’m sure I can rework this into a much better paper.


Prof: Glad I could help you. You have a great rough draft, it just needs some fine tuning. See you

in class tomorrow.



Student leaves office.



FADE OUT



STUDENT SITTING OVER BOOKS IN LIBRARY DOING RESEARCH.



FADE OUT



STUDENT TYPING ON COMPUTER. TAKES SIP OF ENERGY DRINK AND CONTINUES TYPING.



Fade in to a classroom



Bell rings and everyone races out throwing paper on desk. Our student lags behind putting together things before getting up to drop paper off.


Prof: I’m expecting great things from this one.


Student: I’m sure you won’t be disappointed Professor.



END

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