Lots Of Tutoring

I’m the grader/tutor for a programming course at my university and I had more students come see me today than I had students come see me during the whole last semester. About 9 students came to see me and all I could think of was: “Holy cow, how am I going to manage this?”

So I helped each student out as much as I could. In the end, there were only 3 students left. I was helping one of the students, let’s call him Bob. After Bob finished his project, he started the following conversation:

Bob: Are you from around here?
Me: No.
Bob: Where you from?
Me: I’m from Haiti.
Bob: Really? Do you go to church?
Me: No, not really.
Bob: Have you heard about the bestselling book?
Me: Yes, the Bible. (People like Bob are very predictable)
Bob: Good good, so you know about it. Have you read it?
Me: Nope.
Bob: No? You should read it, at least a little bit every day. Here’s a small book for you to read.
Me: OK, thank you.
[Me pauses]
Me: You can keep it if you want.
Bob: No, you can have it, I have plenty of them.

I’m not a very religious person at all. But it’s not the first time people approach me trying to “save” me or something. I don’t see a problem with people being deeply religious, but I don’t like it when they try convincing me of being more religious. I don’t walk up to them trying to convince them not to be religious. And I particularly didn’t like this situation, since it was at school in a class room.

2 Responses to “Lots Of Tutoring”

  1. Kissy
    July 2nd, 2006 | 8:46 pm

    This has happened to me also and let me tell you I was paralized. I never know how to get myself out of the situation without being rude. I have a collection of bibles at home; gifts for the very many who tried to save my precious little soul.
    By the way which school did you go to in Haiti? (your name looks familiar)

  2. marv
    July 4th, 2006 | 3:21 am

    I went to St. Therese de l’Enfant Jesus, then to Lycée Francais.

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