He was overcome with self-pity but then a student replied to his email, and he was mortified upon realizing his goof.
It's a different type of high when you bunk classes. The pleasure is inexplainable, and some of us are guilty of it. It is the holy grail of every college life. Teachers hate it, and backbenchers swear by it. But when the entire class does not show up, who is at fault?
A US professor took to Twitter to rant about how hurt he was when a class of 40 students did not show up for his class, per Times Now. Joseph Mullins wrote on the micro-blogging site: "Today, nobody showed up to my 8.15 am class. 0 students of about 40." His complaint is justified. But hold on a second before you start feeling bad for Mullins.
On February 15, 2023, Mullins shared the hilarious incident when he thought his class had betrayed him. In the post, he wrote that it hurt him to reach an empty classroom and that in his emotionally vulnerable state of mind, he decided to write an e-mail to his students. "Sitting in the empty room, I e-mail them, trying to disguise my hurt feelings," he tweeted.
He sat there in self-pity when, two minutes later, he got a reply. "Professor, we think you might be in the wrong room," the student wrote back. Mullins' self-pity instantly transformed into embarrassment. Sharing mortified he felt at that moment, he wrote: "So anyway, off I go to live in a hole forever." Poor guy!
Today, nobody showed up to my 8.15am class.— Joseph Mullins (@josephmullins) February 14, 2023
0 students of about 40. Sitting in the empty room, I email them, trying to disguise my hurt feelings.
2 mins later, I get a reply: "Professor, we think you might be in the wrong room." So anyway off I go to live in a hole forever.
Since being uploaded, the tweet has garnered over 14.5 million views. Twitterati had hilarious reactions to Mullins' goof and shared similar stories of their own. Twitter user @lugaricano wrote, "It must have been my first or second AEA meetings. I was walking through the lobby and met Oliver Williamson, who was chairing my session the following day. I said: 'Hello, Prof Williamson.' He answered, 'Where were you? We just had our session and waited for you for 15 minutes.'"
@ChrisPhelanEcon asked Mullins, "This is great. Were you in the correct building? Correct floor?" Mullins responded, "I went to the room exactly beneath the correct one, which happens to look identical in every way."
Let's face it, anybody can get confused. But the story did not end there. Mullins went on to share another tweet that revealed the reason behind his confused state of mind.
My wife really wants me to mention that I was sleep deprived because I got up at 4am to play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends in Australia.— Joseph Mullins (@josephmullins) February 15, 2023
He continued, "My wife really wants me to mention that I was sleep deprived because I got up at 4 am to play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends in Australia." The grand reveal. And we love how his wife is low-key taking pleasure in roasting him. Mullins added, "And yes, she is also absolutely roasting me in every group chat about my decidedly not chill reaction to this blowing up."
A tweet by @lalasoo asked Mullins about the e-mail and wrote, "I think you may have to share the text of the email you wrote." Mullins responded: "Something along the lines of I'm sitting here in an empty classroom. If no one shows up in the next 5 minutes, I will leave, but I would like to start a conversation about how I can get more of you to come to class."
As students, we look up to our teachers and put them on a pedestal. Teachers are not infallible. However, we fail to realize that they are humans too, and are bound to make mistakes. The professor's funny incident is proof of that.