I told you before about my sole recalcitrant graduate student who has been making my life unnecessarily difficult. Now, the student has failed a written assignment. There is nothing subjective about her failing, since she simply left the answer boxes completely empty. Do you want to guess how many extremely long and aggressive e-mails I got from her explaining why (yet again) I'm to blame for her failing the assignment? Five. In every single response, I explained to her the options she has to remedy the situation but the e-mail assault on my patience continues. Do people who do such things somehow believe that they are making a good impression in this way? Do they believe that antagonizing the professor will eventually work in their favor?
I shared this story with some people, and they agree that the student is writing to me so much in order to provoke me into saying some things that she will be able to use to mount a grievance procedure against me. I still have absolutely no idea what made her so contrary in this particular course and why she refuses to use the opportunities I'm giving her to make things better. This situation baffles me so much because in all my years of teaching there have, of course, been all kinds of issues and conflicts with students. Still, I have never experienced such a single-minded rejection of every single thing that happens in the course from any student.
Today, I came home with a firm intention to spend the first three days of my Thanksgiving break lying in bed and reading my Kindle. But the nasty student spoiled all that by her incessant angry e-mails.
Sorry for the rant, dear readers, but this has become so annoying that I needed to share this. There are only two more classes where I have to see that student, after which I hope never to find myself in her presence again.