Next, I had a really weird and incredibly offensive exchange today that really bummed me out. Here's the background:
Two friends (co-workers) and I decided to try out Bikram (hot) Yoga. There's a new studio open near us and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about. We get there, there are only two other people in the class besides us, proceed to suffer through the class and finally all congregate with the teacher in the "cool-off" room/office. That is when the exchange went down. Here's the verbatim exchange between myself and another woman from class.
(woman to me): Have you ever taken a hot yoga class before?
Me: Yes, I took some in CA and another one in Gainesville when I was in college.
Her: Oh, you went to UF (insert snarky face)?
Me: Yes I did...are you from FL? (trying to figure out connection bc most people don't know g-ville)
Her: Oh yeah, I'm from FL and my son really wants to go to UF, but I said absolutely not. There's no way, he'd be what, 1 in 8,000 in a class. Plus it's a huge party school...I'd never let him go there.
Me: (trying not to punch her in face) Oh well I loved going to school there. It's really what you make it, I mean once you get into your college within the university, all of your classes are typically less than 14 people. It's important to be self-motivated though, because there are those classes where you are in a large group.
Her: (not really listening and making a snotty face)...it's pretty much a party school...there's no way I would let him go.
Me: I definitely partied when I went there but nothing like I've seen here at Dartmouth...I mean we partied at UF but the Dartmouth people party out of control.
Her: no comment.
I mean really? Would you ever insult someone's school to their face? I was appalled...this woman is pretty well-known in this area as a not super nice person, but she obviously has no manners either!
I actually was so bummed out by this that I tweeted it out and tagged Erin Andrews (a fellow Florida Journalism School Grad) who WROTE BACK TO ME! How cool is that! Makes me want to find this lady and tell her to suck it!
All I have to say is this: I love UF. I had the best time there and met lifelong friends...I feel like I got an unbelievable education and wouldn't trade anything I got from that experience for the world. (not to mention that UF's Public Relations program is in the top 2 in the country)
Tell me this...have any of you been insulted to your face about anything like this? Leave a comment...I want to know!
Oh yeah...most importantly: GO GATORS!!!!!
|take that Jim Tressel|