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A 46-YEAR-OLD undergraduate has reportedly sat through a two-hour lecture without raising his hand to ask a question.
The Bachelor of Arts student, Graeme Travett, attended the 11am anthropology class at the University of Queensland last month – only to find that the professor knew more than he did.
“It was quite a surprise,” said Mr Travett.
“The lecture was actually pretty insightful and I took down six pages of notes,”
“I thought I knew a lot about the first white contact with the Kamilaroi people,” he said.
“Turns out I didn’t,”
Mature-age students traditionally enjoy telling the rest of the class mundane, irrelevant stories about their families or children, with most arriving annoyingly early to lectures to secure a prime seat in the front row – while others even find it acceptable to bring their young children to the library.
That’s why fellow student, 19-year-old Rebekkah French says it was a relief not have a lecture constantly interrupted by a mature-age student.
“He showed great self-control,” said Ms French.
“We could see he really wanted to add his two cents but he stopped himself,”
“If only all older students could do that – or at least save their bullshit for postgrad.”
Mr Travett says he plans on asking fewer questions in the future.
“I’ve gotten a lot of praise for keeping my mouth shut during that lecture,” says Mr Travett.
“I might start drinking between classes like the other students do,”
Travett is due back in class for his penultimate year of study in March and says he’s looking forward to his future career.
“I can’t wait to be an anthropologist,” he said.
“Indiana Jones was really big for me when I was growing up and this is something I’ve always wanted to do.”