After our first online meeting in Research Methods, one my classmates and I clung to each other for support (virtually, of course) via a flurry of Facebook messages. We vowed to be each other’s CFFs (Critical Friends Forever) and helped strengthen each other’s research questions. I dissolved into lunacy at this remark from my CFF:
Dr. Michelle Tillander said she’s been told that her smiling face looks unnatural, something with which I totally relate. I tried to smile reassuringly at a student’s drawing today…you know, getting all that rapport-building non-verbal communication on…and they looked like they were going to cry.
“Ms. Horak, What’s wrong with it?!?!”
“Nothing! I like the direction you’ve chosen! Keep up the good work!” *SMILE! :)*
“But you look like there’s something wrong with it…”
“No, it’s great! That color was a strong choice!” *SUPER SELF-CONSCIOUS FORCED SMILE! :?*
“Ms. Horak…are…are you okay?”
I do have a touch of the crazy eyes.
A million thanks to Dr. Tillander for being the first professor I’ve actually SEEN via Adobe Connect! I really appreciated being able to assign the name a face, even if we’re both only smiling on the inside. 🙂