I really enjoy my classes so far. There is too much reading, but my teachers are all darling, and the subjects are making me think, which I love. But I am occasionally reminded that I am not a typical college student. I don't hang out with other college students and didn't live in the college scene pre-marriage, so I'm not exactly fluent in college cool.
Not to mention my bestious friend is 15.
So naturally when my Pre-1500 A.D. History classmate wondered aloud why we weren't attacking Canada for oil my first thought was. . . well. . . Justin Bieber. Unfortunately, the thought spilled from my mouth, and I audibly heard every head in the class turn in my direction. The palpable silence could have been cut with a knife until one blessed girl piped up, "I didn't know Justin Beiber was from Canada." Chuckles of polite laughter broke through the awkward moment and the boy in front of me gave me an alien look.
"I have a 15 year old sister. . ." I muttered.
Of course, this boy was already learning about my weirdness. He corrected my quiz earlier, and when asked the topic of the chapter we were assigned I answered: As the Europeans domesticated animals, they were introduced to animal diseases. They built up immunities to these infections and virus. When founding the Americas, they introduced the indigenous people to these diseases and without hundreds of years of genetic immunities nearly 90% were eradicated. Apparently, the quick answer was farming, which was also the name of the chapter. I did read the chapter, just not the heading. . . so he gave me the point because I clearly demonstrated some comprehension, if not in a more roundabout way.
I, in turn, corrected his paper. He wrote farming which earned him full credit. However, in the confusion of trying to explain my odd answer, I missed how many points the quiz was worth. I wrote a smiley face on the top of his and passed it up. As the teacher collected the papers he looked down at my neighbor's and then up at me. I tried not to focus on his lazy eye while he wondered aloud, "So, do smiley faces mean four points now?" I felt blood rush to my cheeks as more awkward chuckles resonated throughout the room.
I'm so glad I held back from making a Star Trek comment during our discussion of Indian Regimes because I don't think the class could have thought me any weirder. And I'd hate to prove them wrong.