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Realistic nightmares.

I had a dream nightmare a couple nights ago that my research partner e-mailed me. He asked if I was sure that our program director told me I was supposed to replace the other guy because Dr. Dreamcrusher emailed him for a meeting to discuss the project and I didn’t show up at the meeting. Well, because Dr. Dreamcrusher didn’t include me in the email.

It was one of those realistic dreams where I had to double check my inbox 3 times the next day to make sure I didn’t actually get it. And it’s something that Dr. Dreamcrusher would do.

Now that I know this asshat is playing a game, I’m even more paranoid that he’s gonna fuck me over. Especially since I know, and I know that he’s paranoid someone will find out.

Don’t worry, fool, your secret is safe. I think you’re dumb as fuck, but I ain’t saying shit.

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An Explanation: Part 4

I left that dinner happy.

For once I was crying after a meeting with that idiot because I was happy. I actually felt like he cared. I felt like someone at the stupid school cared. That is all I really want. Someone to be on my side.

I was excited about this research shit, I was excited to probably have a mentor, I was excited to be working with a student who was dope as fuck and not a lame ass…I was excited to be a mathematician.

The next night came a text from Kady to hang out. The universe is odd, I thought. It’s as if she knew. Well, drinking happened and the truth came out.

Kady says the following points:

  • She and Dr. Dreamcrusher had sex starting last semester. It caused trouble in her (open) relationship with her boyfriend and they did break up. (I was right) But then she broke it off and her and her boyfriend got back together.
  • He is needy as fuck and apparently still texts her monthly.
  • He’s emotionally abusive as fuck and would tell her all the time how much better I was doing in a class than her. Which I don’t think is true. I don’t know if he was lying to her or what. But he would show her my work and compare it to hers. Then tell her how much worse she was at math.
  • He is obsessed with what his students think about him. Apparently he would ask her all the time if I hated him.
  • He said he felt bad about my family situation and told her about it. Stuff I never told her about.
  • He told her that I stopped hanging out with her because she asked me to buy her alcohol.
  • I asked her if she knew who he was currently dating, and she told me straight up. And said that the only reason he’s dating her is they bonded after he had surgery because of their similar pain issues. I currently feel so bad for that poor lady based on past advising conversations we had.
  • He loves my super smart classmate and will do anything to keep him as a student. Which I called ages ago.
  • He thinks I never read the books. (Stupid as I would literally go into his office and state “I read the book and such and such doesn’t make sense”…then get ignored. Okay.)
  • He thinks I am unteachable to him as I don’t think the same way he does.
  • He thinks I am intimidating?
  • He thinks so highly of me and thinks I have so much potential. Well shit, I’d hate to see someone he doesn’t like.

Now I am a few days removed from this mess and I’m pissed. I’m pissed at everyone involved because now I am stuck with this raging douche-canoe for another entire year.

I feel stupid for thinking his caring was sincere. No, he just wanted an excuse to ask me about his booty-call. I feel stupid for choosing this toxic as fuck math department. I am pissed that my peers are still acting like dumb ass children.

Most of all I am disappointed that I promised Kady I wouldn’t tell anyone. If this is all true, this asshole deserves to get fired.

depression · life · math

An Explanation: Part 3

Since the last day of classes, I haven’t written here. Mostly because everything got so out of control for me, so fast. I intended to drive home to see my family, like I usually do after a semester ends, but I couldn’t face them. I went to work looking grim as fuck, went home, and went to therapy.

I felt like I was going crazy in my life. That my self-view was so skewed (don’t get me wrong, I know it is. But not for the ways I suspected then.) that I felt off. I felt like Kady was too young and selfish for me to confide in anymore. I had no friends, my family was so far away, and no school mentor. Isolated.

This program I started was about 30 math students learning a shit-load of math for 4 weeks. It was like a damn tornado of material. I took these four weeks to make the decision if I was cut out for grad school. The first week I thought, “I could totally do this!” The second and third weeks, I progressively grew into “I cannot.” which culminated into the beginning of week four, the day before Dr. Dreamcrusher was due to take over teaching where I was crying in the bathroom, wondering why anyone thought I could do this. I was so irritated that he even wrote me a letter, because he had ignored me so often I figured he didn’t even know I didn’t understand.

Also this program comes with an opportunity to do research. However, I was instantly looked over because I am taking an extra year to do undergrad classes so priority for funds went to those graduating this year. Perfectly understandable. But I went to the program director regardless and I asked if she could help me find anything, even going so far as to forfeit my money for the research portion. She said yes and said she would try to see if I could get on the team of a new professor. The other team was being led by Dr. Dreamcrusher.

I started to do background reading on the other professor’s topic and got really excited. For three weeks, the director was very adamant that she was going to get me to work with this professor.

Before I explain the last few days, meeting students from other schools of various different backgrounds, I soon became very aware that everyone (even the ones from my own school) had mentors and professors who they had clicked with. I did not. Here and there people would wonder why I didn’t consider Dr. Dreamcrusher my mentor. I’d explain the whole letter thing, and various stories and they’d get it. (I explained it once to my roommate that Dr. Dreamcrusher would come, feign momentary interest in whatever I was working on, then ask me about Kady before going on some tangent that was meant to impress.) Then when the director of the program made a comment that he didn’t reply to emails until right before it was his time to teach (because it was a due date), I started to realize this isn’t just me.

He showed up and the first people he came to help during group breakaways was me and a classmate of mine that he happens to love. (This classmate is really smart and will likely become a regular of my posts in the future.)  It was weird to actually have him be attentive and help.  Not only that but it made me feel super stupid. All of a sudden these people I had been explaining that I feel alone at my school because I essentially feel ignored by this professor I’ve had for an entire year, are looking at me like…you crazy. And I am thinking maybe I was completely overreacting. I mean I was extremely depressed, so maybe it all just clouded my self-awareness.

Plus, at this point all the other people in this program were at the point of awe over him. Oh my god, so smart. Oh my god, so nice.

The next few days go on and I am starting to have this change, realizing I’m not bad at this. I’m actually very good. I could actually have a future in this, if I want it.

Then the last day happens. My roommate informs me my super smart classmate has something to tell me, and me being impatient forces it out of her that I am on his research team with Dr. Dreamcrusher. I’m actually excited, though a little bummed cuz I liked the other topic. Whatever, I have a spot. The last day of the program, Dr. Dreamcrusher does not acknowledge that I am on his research team (and neither does super smart classmate), and acts as if I am going to see him as my professor for Complex analysis. (Why? He’s not the only one teaching it…) Being the sarcastic person I is…I play dumb like…”Uh..okay? I suppose if that is my only option.” (Which in hindsight is probably why this fool thinks I hate him, but I have zero guilt about it now.)

Then I see him a few hours later at our end of program dinner my analysis professor puts together. This is where I see he is with my faculty advisor. An interesting development, but in my mind, it’s cute, I dig it. He’s a dick, she’s kind of cold…it could be a thing. But it’s going to make the list of what and who I complain about in advising meetings a lot less.

I don’t talk to him. Instead right before he leaves he comes up to me and asks how I felt about the program. Keep in mind this entire conversation he does this with people around. I explain that I had different expectations for it then what I got out of it, but it was good. And he says I seemed really happy and that I was having fun which apparently made him happy.

He goes on stating that my analysis professor came to him (I knew this) after my midterm asking him why my midterm did not match what I did during my homework and he explained to him I was probably overwhelmed. I knew Dr. Dreamcrusher knew, but I don’t know why he played some stupid game of ignorance. Letting me sit in his office while he tried to force me to tell him with people around. And yet still forcing me to explain my shit with people around.

So now I’m feeling really, really dumb because the girl I had been rooming with for a month (she knew about my analysis situation regardless) is sitting there looking at me like “Bitch you said this dude did not care about you. Yet here he is…caring.” But then it comes…

“Have you hung out with Kady?”

I couldn’t help it. I snorted, rolled my eyes and let out “No…” (Was a lie, I had talked to her.) Apparently he was concerned about her because at the end of the semester she started “getting dark”. So now I feel guilty because at the end of the semester she pissed me off when I asked her to grab a review sheet for me cuz I was stuck at home crying and having anxiety attacks all day and said “I didn’t want to be out in public” to which she essentially said ditto, she wasn’t going and was going to ask me the same favor. I sucked it up and went to class (late) on her behalf to grab that shit. Then during class I saw on her snapchat she was at Disneyland.

Though now I am grateful my bitterness made me say nothing. Perhaps I kind of surprised him with the blatant reaction. I explain that “I knew something was up with her and had my suspicion” (I thought she broke up with her boyfriend) “but then saw something different” (like a couple weeks later he reappeared being boyfriend-y) so I had no clue. After his inquiry, he ended up leaving shortly after.

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An Explanation: Part 2

I had surgery before last semester. It was my 30th birthday, my best friend moved away with her family, everyone at home was being an adult and doing adult things and here I was, living in a world in college that I should have had ten years prior. I felt old, inadequate at math, and just sad for myself. I started therapy and subsequently this blog.

In the same conversation where he found out that I was buzzed during his final, Dr. Dreamcrusher gave me this ‘go for your goals’ speech and essentially asked me to ask him for letters of recommendation. So I asked him for one for this summer program I was pretty indifferent to go to. As we know well, he forgot in the next 3 weeks…and didn’t acknowledge any of the three emails I sent to remind him or ask if he reconsidered. That began the new semester. I really think it set the tone for the disaster last semester was for me.

When I had to confront him, I was nervous. I didn’t want to start anything. I even debated informing my faculty advisor and asking for help. (Kinda glad I didn’t.) But when I saw my emails sitting in his inbox, my heart broke. He just didn’t fucking care. I wanted out of his office and to cry. But he seemed so sincere to make things right, in spite of never actually apologizing.

That night I angrily filled in the form he wanted me to send him for info for my recommendation. Because I was upset I overshared. I wish I hadn’t told so much info. But I gave information about my family, things I had never told Kady. Things she ended up telling me this past weekend that he told her.

The term goes on and I get depressed. I’m feeling more alone, my usual study partners aren’t really talking to me and after the letter issue, I decide to make a concerted effort to try to be independent of Dr. Dreamcrusher’s help. I cut my office visits in half and use the excuse that I have work and therapy to go to. Honestly I could have planned either of those at different times, but I purposely didn’t so I wouldn’t go to his late night office hours.

Dr. Dreamcrusher would never sincerely ask me how I was. It always seemed like a front. He’d ask me with people around, especially Kady. I wasn’t going to share anything with anyone around so I always say okay. He’d always end a fake inquiry with: “You don’t have to tell me details.” It just seemed like he didn’t actually want to know details. He just was asking to ask, with other people around. As someone who has experience teaching kids with shit going on…there’s this thing called discretion. He didn’t use that.

I would sometimes make the resolution to find a time when he was alone to tell him the truth, but he was either ignoring me or I just felt weird about it. Or Kady would always be around. I don’t know why she always ended up there when I tried to go to office hours. I mean, had told her some things that were going on, mostly the health things. But I never told anyone about the depression that was going on even more.

I suspected something was going on with her and I thought she had broken up with her boyfriend. I didn’t want to pry so I just kind of sat back. I suppose it’s around this time he started fucking Kady. I never got texts from her and I was thinking she was mad at me. All the while Dr. Dreamcrusher asks me why Kady and I aren’t studying together anymore. I tell him I don’t know why and maybe it’s something I did as “I tend to do stupid shit and annoy people.” I also make the comment that she tends to ask me to drink with her a lot and I don’t feel comfortable going out and doing so since she’s not exactly of age, and if I get caught I would never get my teaching credential. (Also, I don’t want to be drinking on the regular as I am an alcoholic, like I said before). This is key as I guess he goes back to Kady and informs her that I don’t want to hang out with her because I don’t want to buy her alcohol. That’s stupid. I don’t care if homegirl drinks. Shit, we got drunk this past weekend, plus we had gotten drunk, with alcohol I supplied, on campus, during his office hour. But what I said is I didn’t want to go out and drink. Also, like she says…her boyfriend is of age…she has people who can buy that shit for her. What the fuck?

Now Kady knowing this information along with details about my family life is just about enough for me to believe her. This is only information I had told Dr. Dreamcrusher.

Going back to school. At this point I had fucked up my analysis midterm. I know now that my analysis professor (yes the one who smells like my dad) went to Dr. Dreamcrusher and asked him why the fuck my midterm was so shitty as my homework was great. From Dr. Dreamcrusher’s admission, he told him I was probably overwhelmed but I’d be okay. He also decided to tell Analysis Professor my background and tells him that I was accepted to this summer program (the one for which he forgot my recommendation). I hadn’t told anyone I was accepted to the program.

So then my analysis professor emails me and asks to meet me. We have a closed door meeting and discuss my midterm and he offers me a chance to incomplete the quarter in order to take the summer in the program going back over analysis and redo it as an audit in the fall. I take the chance. He also asks about my background and tells me Dr. Dreamcrusher told him. Kind if irks me, but I’ve had teachers talk to teachers about me before. Whatev. During this meeting though, Dr. Dreamcrusher shows up. Analysis professor makes the comment that he knows what the meeting is about if he wants to stay and Dr. Dreamcrusher plays dumb and is like “I do?” He didn’t stay for the meeting.

Referring back to old posts I made. I was so grateful this happened. I still am. But now just to my Analysis Professor. I was so depressed at this point. I felt so isolated and alone, and I just couldn’t see that someone was actually caring.

The next office hour I had was the awkward one. I was really sick (I was actually fighting off a panic attack during class) the prior week and asked Dr. Dreamcrusher for an extension on my homework, to which he said yes. I had forgotten my homework on my desk, and didn’t want to overextend his generosity so I drove home and came back to campus to drop it off before office hours was over.

As I am pulling up the street, Kady is texting me asking me if I want her to tell him I was gonna turn it in later. I said no as I was already there. When I get there, it’s just them two and it’s awkward as fuck. The same time, my mom calls me so instead of interrupting them, I just take her call and go into the classroom down the hall. Apparently that freaked Dr. Dreamcrusher out. I suspect this was their planned time to have sex and I interrupted it. I am not sure, but he’s very concerned with why I left his office and went down the hall and he comes to check on me repeatedly. I was seriously just talking to my mom. I didn’t get anything done in that office hour, it was just a night of random as fuck conversation, and after Kady left, I don’t even understand why he firmly insisted on helping me with a problem on the homework I was turning in.

My semester went on and by the end I was in my full blown depression. Panic attacks before class and after. The week before finals I had locked myself in my dark room and cried until I fell asleep and woke up crying. I didn’t go to one of my finals and went to Dr. Dreamcrusher’s final full blown drunk, with alcohol in my cup that I drank during my final, announcing to Kady when I left that I was going to attempt alcohol poisoning that night.

I spent the next three days locked in my bedroom, contemplating killing myself. That is the truth. Then I checked myself into the hospital.

That was my first week of summer. I am now on medication and therapy and my goal was to progressively get better enough to face my summer program.

depression · life · math

An Explanation: Part 1

A more (semi) coherent and sober explanation of recent events. With backstory. This might need to be in parts.

If this gets found, it will be obvious who I am, and at this point I give zero fucks. I’m in the mood to take everyone down and burn with me. However, one thing I do value is friendship and a promise I made to not tell anyone. By not getting him fired, this is going against everything I feel in my heart.

I never hated Dr. Dreamcrusher. I was irritated by his disorganization and how he’d give me non-help and favor helping others over me. I was endlessly frustrated and knew something was wrong. But I thought I was just overreacting because I am so insecure with my math skills and tend to ask a lot of questions. I thought I was also overreacting as I might be jealous that other people get attention towards their work and I didn’t. I am a first born child, what can I say? I love attention. But I am also self-aware enough to know that I tend to monopolize attention so I purposely back off.

As it turns out this was a nope, he was actually favoring other people over me.

My first semester with him I knew he liked my study partner, who we’ll call Kady. He would stare at her. Yes in an oogling way. He’s more obvious than he knows. She’s not the only one his eyes have wandered all over. I just figured he was completely not self-aware. She says that he’s very paranoid that he will get found out for all of this. For very good reason too, people suspect and notice this. Not just me. He’s not as slick as he wants to believe.

Also he was always happy to help her. Not so much me, but I rationalized that was okay. This guy didn’t know me or my skills, and probably come off weird. I actually started to filter my questions through her, asking Kady to ask him questions on the material instead, “since she was his favorite”. She denied that it was true but it worked every time. I got ignored, she didn’t.

Let me just say that the usual office hours with Dr. Dreamcrusher go that if there’s an assload of people there I can’t get shit done, so I just usually listen to what other people ask to see if it helps me. If he is alone, I am usually ignored for whatever is on his computer, “I’m not ignoring you,” he says. “Ask me a question.” I’d say the first sign to being ignored is having to stare at the back of someone’s head. Also, I get fucking nervous as hell asking questions. (Look at old posts explaining my early experience in 8th grade algebra.) With a genius professor, I don’t know what questions to ask that aren’t stupid as fuck. So 75% of the time I just sit there trying to figure out what to ask in a way that doesn’t make me look dumb.

Dr. Dreamcrusher was intimidating, I won’t lie. He’s smart as fuck but I know smart as fuck people. Shit, I am one. But he’s really good at math. I am not, thus the nervousness. That first semester it was all about what school he graduated from, who is parents are, where he grew up, and who he knows in math and outside of math. I didn’t give two shits about who you know, because I grew up near Berkeley. Half the teachers and professors I had went there. I was accepted there and denied them out of high school. I am just not the type of person to fawn over someone’s resume. But I wanted to know what he knew, so I put up with the egotistical shit. “It sounds like he has a touch of the Asperger’s” is what my former boss said.

I would get comments on my homework telling me my work was “awful” with no constructive criticism. I chalked it up to him being an inexperienced teacher. After a few years of grading papers I knew this shit was bad practice, but I never said anything.

He would consistently tell me my “place in the class” going so far as to show me ranked amongst both sections of his classes. No names were given out but it was pretty well implied who was better than I was.

In spite of him reassuring me I was ranked well, I did fairly mediocre. Coming off a streak of A’s this broke my heart. I thought it was him being a difficult teacher, my first year at a university and that I would have to really work harder to get an A. I wanted the challenge. I took him for the next semester for two back to back classes.

At this point I was getting sick of seeing him. Two classes meant twice as much overwhelming homework. Twice as much office hours and twice as much of him just staring me down willing the knowledge into my head or giving me the answer instead of actually guiding me to an answer. This is the semester in which he told me he was “dumbing down concepts” for me. Yes, in those words but then turns around and asks me if it’s too slow. It was perfectly at pace, but thanks for rubbing it in.

I thought it was just him being socially unaware because, after all, this man was so smart. The faculty at our school loves him and is so excited for him to be there

This semester was also when I found out I was sick and had the markers for cancer. Around midterm time I emailed him from my doctors office because I could only make one of his office hours that week before our midterm and we also had homework due. However, that office hour was about to happen and I was at the doctors learning that they wanted to give me a hysterectomy the week of my 30th birthday. I was devestated and hysterical, and had several panic attacks that day. I wasn’t going to make his office hours. I was seriously lost on the homework and I just asked if he was available outside of his usual time as I was at the doctors.. He ignored that email. And he ignored 3 other, not as important, emails that term. But after that I was upset. I felt alone. I had this man for half of my major classes and he didn’t give two shits about me.

Furious, I emailed the one person in math who I felt would help. Professor S. He responded within MINUTES. Excited to fucking help me. I mean, I had him for a semester in community college and he dealt with the same me. But was excited to help me. I felt like I was bothering Dr. Dreamcrusher.

During this term I had an incident with another classmate who blatantly cheated off me. I talked to Dr. Dreamcrusher and he said he would talk to her.

At this same time my study partners, including Kady, started distancing themselves from me. I didn’t understand why. After a comment when one asked for help that she “didn’t want to seem like they were copying off” of me, I thought I had spooked them.

I also got a random string of texts from Kady asking me if I was romantically interested in Dr. Dreamcrusher. Which was a big ole nope. I still don’t know what inspired that text exchange. But I am sure he knows the details of it at this point.

One particular visit before finals Dr. Dreamcrusher and I were discussing how nervous I get before exams and his sage advice was to take two shots of alcohol before my test. (As a side note: I will fully admit I am an alcoholic. It runs deep in my veins. And as one, we know another one even if a bottle is not to their lips. He is one. And due to several comments he’s made throughout the year, he knows I am one too.) I had that drink before my finals. And the next day for my second final he confessed he knew it. And I admitted I did.