Confession time! I want to be my TA. Her name is Erica.
Seriously. I sat in section today and found myself jotting down copious notes -- not about our conversation on "Lolita," though; instead, I furiously wrote down the witty things she said.
Two of my favorite exchanges from today's section are listed below.
A small freshman walks out of class to go to the bathroom and closes the door cautiously behind her. Erica pauses for a second and then smiles.
Erica: I think that's the first time someone has gone to the bathroom during one of my sections.
Class laughs nervously.
Erica: I mean, you guys can definitely go to the bathroom if you want. . . (long, long pause) I used to think that maybe people thought they weren't allowed to go to the bathroom during section. . . I guess it's only an hour.
More chuckles, then silence.
Erica: We've talked about this too much now. It's going to be awkward when she comes back in.
Nabokov Admirer, a wide-eyed sophomore, raises his hand to speak after having made a comment earlier in the class in which he awkwardly incorporated the word "ersatz." Erica calls on NA, and he flips though his giant annotated version of "Lolita."
NA: So, I don't mean to be the guy who says [attempts the voice of a pompous fool] 'Well, in the annotated version. . .'
Erica: Well you already said 'ersatz' in section, so. . .
Class laughs. Ha. Ha. Ha.
NA: Well, now that I've officially established myself as the section jerk. . .
Erica: No, you're not the jerk. You're just the guy who said 'ersatz.'