So. As you probably know, I didn’t get onto the course I wanted at uni. So I’m now a medical failure, on a Biomedical Science course, hating it and hating me for every time I have to force myself to say it. And not wanting to be on a course I never applied for and hate, I naturally assumed that I would not be part of the departmental open day. Because we’re at uni, and you can’t use people for effectively work without them volunteering or you paying them. Right?
Apparently wrong. Apparently our course, which is already a byword in my uni for being ridiculous (3rd year psychology students in our 2nd year lectures and complaining to staff that they’re too hard. We liked those lectures. Being made to write up *every* lab report for *every* lab we did, every week. But they only want one in. And it’s a large part of our grade. And there’s another lab report they want in as well, because they feel like it. And there’s exams before *and* after Christmas. On the first day back. And if we did all the reading, labs, lectures, dissections and writing up they tell us we need to without the extra reading that’s our only chance of getting a 1st, we’d be working 20 hours a day. Excluding eating or sleeping. Or anything. And the medical course now requires a 1st to get onto. And they don’t listen to anything we say in feedback. And we have lecturer that say ‘Oh, because of your lack of engagement with my lectures, you can do this one yourself. So, the next lecture…’ and skip one. And lecturers that refuse to put the slides online. And recording lectures is forbidden unless you have a mental health or disability services note to expressly say that you can) has decided it’s compulsory that all students help on the departmental open day. They have sent us emails with where we have to be and when. And no, we didn’t get even told before this, much less asked. This is what I got sent:
Finishing off ‘crew’
• Arrive at BMS HQ at 15:15
• Collect the questionnaires and ask the visitors and students if they have any further questions
regarding BMS, the course, the University or living in the city. If they ask you a question you are not
sure the answer to, say so, and direct them to a member of staff. If the student is sitting alone waiting
for their parents to return from a tour, engage them in conversation.
• If needed direct the visitors to the toilets and then accompany them to the exit.
• In your way to the exit tell them that the University will be very happy to hear from them.
• In case of required, give the visitors directions to get to the Tram Stop, the
Railway Station, the bus stops or car parking.
• Finish at 15:30 or when there are not any more visitors around. Before departing liaise with X-organiser, Y-organiser or Z-organiser and ask them if there is anything more to do.
No signature. Or name. Yes BMS, if you want me to go and tell every child that comes in to never apply to this course unless they want to fail it or to work in a library solidly for 3 years, then a lab forever more, or if they don’t mind crying every time someone mentions work…
Sure, I’ll help.