taking women students seriously

anonymous asked:

DA college!AU? I don't mind which game or if you do a mix.

College AU! (I’m in the UK so college is 16+, I’ll be doing it as university)
If anyone else wants me to do prompts in this universe, just ask away! (I already had this AU bumping around in my head)

Alistair - In the Rubgy Team, is studying Physics (he has a fondness for mystical items in game). Plays chess and D&D.

Morrigan - Studying History, loves coffee, has a tattoo of a spider over her entire back.

Leliana - Studies Politics, has a walk-in wardrobe with fifty pairs of shoes, volunteers at the local church.

Zevran - Literature student (all his essays are to do with power dynamics and sex in literature), goes to the gym for two reasons, to look good, and to look at everyone else. Has a fair few piercings beyond his ears.

Sten - Mature student, at culinary school learning to be a pastry chef. Already finished university before with a History of Art bachelors but wanted to do something that has a job he’s good at at the end of it.

Wynne - Teaches Biology and Chemistry both. Alistair became her favourite student when he brought her tea in to apologise after he accidentally walled into her class. Prefers wine though.

Oghren - Constantly drunk Literature professor. Somehow all his students pass admirably, fellow faculty have no idea how. (Think Frank from Educating Rita)

Merrill - Studies both Chemistry and Biology, she’s wicked smart. Somehow fits working at the gym in the coffee shop into her schedule. Is never organised but constantly gets amazing grades. Always walking into the wrong class (the campus is huge though).

Isabela - Studies Fashion Design, constantly makes hats. Goes to the gym mainly to look at everyone else while sitting on the exercise bike and chatting, and they have the sweetest barista in their coffee shop.

Aveline - On the debate team, womens Rugby team, womens Hockey team, student government, and studies Law. Takes everything seriously. (And develops a crush on fellow student government Donnic)

Anders - Chemistry student, activist, wears black tees with political statements on them. Helps out in the local children’s hospital and the local cat shelter. Drinks tea. Has 5 cats of his own.

Varric - pushed to take Business Studies by his family but changed after one year, studied Literature after that, went on to start the on-campus gym. Is always seen with faculty or in the gym coffee shop.

Fenris - heavily tattooed student of Theatre and Drama, paints a lot in his spare time. Only drinks a certain blend of coffee and vehemently thinks tea sucks.

Sebastian - volunteers at the local church and was considered for the Olympic archery team. Studies Religion and plans to go to theological college and get ordained.

Josephine - Studies Law, loves watching any and all theatre, visits museums, art galleries, and has connections with the culinary school to judge baking competitions.

Cullen - Works at the gym as a personal trainer, studies History, plays chess with Alistair.

Dorian - Total nerd, “professional student”, finished university three times already in Physics, Maths, and Biology, currently studying Chemistry. Assistant librarian, hosts D&D night at the library every Thursday (is always the GM)

The Iron Bull - Faculty member, counselor for troubled students. Tends to take sessions outside.

Solas - Teaches Physics, gets annoyed when students try to correct him, trying to get multiple theories published to no avail.

Cassandra - Literature student, coffee fiend, works out purely for fitness, secretly performs slam poetry.

Blackwall - Mature student, studies Politics but lowkey can’t stand it. Changed his name to avoid old acquaintances from a gang he was in in his youth. Really interested in the Engineering degree on offer at the uni.

Sera - Took Fashion Design as a joke degree to make models look stupid, plus she’s actually good at it (and simultaneously finds it hilarious and annoying that they take her seriously). Hides penises, butts, vaginas, and boobs in all her designs. Got in trouble with the student government for egging the dorm room of a bully.

Cole - Faculty, counselor. Has prevented student suicide hugely, rarely gets thanked but doesn’t mind. Tends to the garden on campus, likes his tea sweet, and little frilly cakes. Adopted fifteen cats by accident once and had to rehome them.

Vivienne - Teaches Fashion Design, organises the student government. Drinks fancy teas.


“Secret Companion” (Loghain) - Mature student, returns to university to take Literature. Smokes, drinks enough coffee to pay Merrills wages.

Carver - on the Rugby team, somehow scraped into Maths and does well with his tutor helping him.

Bethany - studies Law, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde style (but less fluffy stuff but still a lot of pink).

“Women and men do not receive an equal education because outside of the classroom women are not perceived as sovereign beings but as prey…. the capacity to think independently, to take intellectual risks, to assert ourselves mentally is inseparable from our physical way of being in the world, our feelings of personal integrity. If it is dangerous for me to walk home late of an evening from the library because I am a woman and I can be raped then, how self possessed, how exuberant can I feel as I sit and work at the library? How much of my working energy is drained by by the subliminal knowledge that as a woman, I test my physical right to exist every time I go out alone.”

 —  Adrienne Rich, feminist writer who recently passed away. It is from a chapter called, “Taking Women Students Seriously” from her book called, On Lies, Secrets and Silence.

(via theselam)

How to Teach College Undergraduates
  • Become comfortable staring and speaking across a sea of blank faces. 
  • And faces tucked into laptops, tablets, and phones. 
  • Do not be offended if a student skips class, leaves the room for some reason, fails to submit an assignment, or misses important information on the syllabus. Remember their lives are much bigger than this class. 
  • Make your syllabus an airtight, explicit, strict document. Have a policy for everything. 
  • You can always be more lenient that your syllabus, but you can never be more strict than it.
  • Do not arrive early. 
  • Lecture in your own voice. Speak extemporaneously and be authentic.
  • Apply your lectures to your own interests. 
  • Do not spend much time leaving comments on papers. Students seldom read them. 
  • Streamline anything you can: grade using scantron, or put your quizzes online. 
  • Turn part of your class time into an informal “lab” where students can work on assignments, help each other, and come to you with questions. 
  • Encourage students to help each other in some way. Extra credit always works. 
  • When rejecting a student’s outrageous request, put it in terms of fairness to the rest of the class. 
  • Be sensitive and adaptable to the requests and needs of students with disabilities. 
  • Use Facebook and Twitter to investigate shady excuses. 
  • Do not take negative responses personally. Student frustration often means there was some step you missed, some move you could have made to stop the problem before it escalated. 
  • Squash inappropriate behavior and words like a cockroach. 
  • Hold yourself in high enough regard that they will respect you. Remember that you know the most about the topic of anyone in the room. 
  • It is okay to look up the answer to a student’s question if you do not know. 
  • Be comfortable with silence. Speak slowly. Allow a few moments for an idea to sink in and be written down. 
  • Reply to emails quickly. Be short and direct, but respectful. 
  • If necessary, you may find that dressing up will age you and get students to take you more seriously. Students occasionally treat young instructors (and women and graduate students) in a less than professional manner, especially young dudes. Squash this disrespect like a cockroach. 
  • Respect your students. Learn their names, listen to them, don’t judge them for their age or even their ability in the class.
  • The ones who work hard but don’t do well deserve the warmest spot beneath your wing. 
  • Keep appropriate social boundaries. Do not date, fuck, flirt with, mock, roll eyes, etc. But if you see a student out in public, be warm and casual with them. 
  • Don’t feel entitled to authority. You are entitled to respect; everyone in your class is, but authority must be freely recognized by the student. 
  • It’s not against the rules to focus on the topics that you know the most about. Give those the most space on the syllabus. 
  • Think of your teaching as a creative endeavor as well as an educational one. Make it worth the audience’s time. 
  • Don’t require a book unless absolutely necessary. If it is, require an old edition, or scan a copy of the book into a pdf for students who cannot afford to buy it. 
  • Don’t be scared. Don’t spend all your time prepping for class and grading. You’ve got this.