Oh, the irony.
My course, Mass Communication, requires me to constantly chase after people for information. I've done this in the past because I was a student journalist back in high school, but I never had much of a problem before. The only thing I had to deal with was my innate shyness, but after I overcame it, I would finish the interview in a snap. After four years in college though, I've dealt with so many difficult people that I can't even count anymore. I'm not sure if everyone who's outside of our field is aware of this, but our job can be such a struggle sometimes.
For me, dealing with people isn't a walk in the park. I sometimes ask myself why I took this course because I'm not into socializing. In an alternate reality, I think I would be taking something like AB Literature or Creative Writing. Alas, my parents and family members might frown at such choices. They would ask that infamous question that everyone asks whenever they learn you're not getting a course like Nursing or Accountancy: What job can you get with that course? Anyway, even though I'm not a huge fan of our university, I love my course nonetheless. For one, I feel absolutely lucky because I was able to take a course that I chose for myself. Not everyone gets that privilege nowadays. I could go on and on about this, but I digress.
Anyway, it takes a lot of patience and humility to be able to get by in our field. You have to know your place once you're in front of people, especially those who hold titles and positions. In an ideal setting, people would have pleasing personalities and accommodating auras. Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. I had another one of those not-so-pleasant experiences this morning. I don't want to go into detail about it because it might get me in trouble.
Let's just say I had to ask a favor from a higher up to complete a requirement. I thought she was going to be nice and understanding, but she was the complete opposite. She treated me as if I didn't know what I was doing. It was as if she was rubbing it on my face that she was more knowledgeable about the world because I was merely a student while she was an experienced "professional". She droned on and on about what I was doing and how I should do it. She even threatened not to agree to help me just for the heck of it. In short, she was acting all high and mighty. She thought that I would be at a loss if she didn't offer her help. My friends, who were silently sitting beside me, noticed her ill disposition. They agreed that she was being unnecessarily rude. All she needed to give me was a yes or no yet she had to waste our time by complaining and complaining about every single thing she could think of.
In the end, she did agree to help me. That's the only consolation I had after her verbal lashing. I'm also somehow proud of myself because I kept my mouth in check while I was sitting with her. I know I tried to be as polite as possible even if I was somehow being insulted already. I'm quite glad about that.
This isn't the first time that I had to deal with a difficult person and I know it wouldn't be my last. I just hope that people like her are aware of their actions. Being in a high position does not give anyone the privilege to step on others. I hope she decides to change her ways soon because she'll be in hot water if a lot of people would suddenly start complaining about her foul personality.