I’m not going to lie—the people in the LIS (Library & Information Science) program at Rutgers are sort of hit and miss. Now, I’m not sure exactly who reads this blog, but I will say that if you’re a library student and I’ve spoken at least one word to you, you do not fall into this category. It’s the people that I don’t talk to who…leave something to be desired. For example, there are The Talkers. The Talkers are the three or four people in every class who, no matter what we’re learning about, always have something to say on the matter. I have a love/hate relationship with this crowd. I love them because they completely take the pressure off of me and ensure that I will most likely not have to speak for the entirety of the three-hour class. But, they also annoy me because they’re all a bunch of go-getters. They’re the types who quietly nod while the professor is talking, to indicate that they’re totally on the same page, more so than the rest of the dopes in the class. They’re also the types who will bring up new talking points or ask complicated questions after the professor has just finished lecturing 20 minutes early and asked, “Does anyone have any questions before we wrap up?” Ugh.
There’s always been one other perfect example, at least in my mind, of the kinds of people that I go to school with. Last semester, I was sitting in the student lounge in between classes. There was a girl sitting opposite me, about 10 feet away, and she was eating something with a butter knife. Whatever it was, she was holding it in her hand and it was obstructed from my view. I watched her eat for about 10 minutes, trying desperately to figure out what the hell it was. What kind of food would she be able to eat with a butter knife? Butter?! Anything requiring a spoon was out of the question, and she obviously didn’t have to spear anything with a fork. What was it?! FINALLY, after what felt like a year, she got up to leave and I saw the remains before she dropped it into the trash. It was…an avocado.
Who brings an avocado as a snack? There are so many other produce items that serve as portable, perfect snacks that I won’t even waste my time listing them. But no, this girl left her house thinking, “Better not forget my avocado!” And it wasn’t like she cut it up and kept it in a tupperware container—it was a whole avocado. It pretty much blew my mind. The surprises never end with these librarians.