Do you remember that moment you hear you were graduated for High school? It’s flashback time.
*and Bam it’s 2006*.
I’m chilling on my couch. It is Thursday, the day all seniors would get to hear whether they passed or would have to remain in the rud we called high school. I’m fairly confident that I would not receive that call. You have to make sure school could reach you until 17.00 hrs. Because I do not want to jinx it, I made sure I did absolutely nothing but watching reruns during that week.
At about quarter to five disaster strikes, when the phone starts ringing. I’m beginning to get nervous cause I told everyone that calling me is off limits for the entire day. I walk to the phone a bit insecure and I pick it up.
Hallo, met Joep…….
*there’s something wrong with you if you cannot translate that
- Haj jong mit de mam, bis se gebeld? Bis se gesjlaag?
*Haj child it’s you mother, did you receive a call? Did you graduate?
Mam, goeie genade. Ich sjrik mich de ****** in. Ich ken telefoontjes kriegen tot vief oer. Ich goan ophange.
*Mum, dear god. You scared the living **** out of me. I can receive a call till five o’clock. I’m gonna hang up.
- Ok ich bel sjtraks waal weer. Doei
*Ok I’ll call later on. Bye
Still being a bit off my game I hang up and go back to my couch again. Being relax for the upcoming 15 minutes was nearly impossible. Luckily my hunch was right and I did not receive a call. The unintentional practical joke of the week award goes to my mother.
*poefff back to the present again*
This year it is up to one of younger brothers (yes my mother and father liked having a go at it) to become the third of my brothers to go to graduate and hence end up at university. He shared my attitude that it would all come along fine and that he was done for sure. I was thinking about doing the same as my mother did. However now everyone receives a call, instead of only those who flunked badly. This dramatically destroys the funny factor so I decided not even to take the effort.
Thankfully he graduated and last Friday I went with my mother, uncle and aunt to his graduation ceremony. I wanted to see how other High school do this, cause mine was just boring. Nothing like those big High School graduations you see on tv. The ceremony of my brother started about as it possibly could. They all entered under the sound of eye of the tiger, which caused me to laugh and expect the worse.
After some speeches it actually started to become funny. 4 Teachers were asked to say something about all of the students and one of them wasn’t afraid to say political incorrect stuff. This physics teacher liked the art of dark humor and sarcasm, something I’m a huge fan of myself. Unfortunately, my brother didn’t end up with this epic boss saying something about him. A small downside on the entire evening. Luckily the event ended in a drink for all the guests. How can you prepare your students better for their academic life, than introduce one of their popular methods to build up a good network; an unlimited social drink?
I was born and raised in a town called Geleen, sited between the hills of the Dutch province of Limburg. I'm a 25 year old Psychology Master student and a member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). I will enjoy shedding my critical light on life itself and share it with you while I am at it.