Its that time of the semester. Finals are only a week or so away and we’re all busy getting our billions of final projects done. We have excessive papers to write and there’s that one professor that has given you so much work to do you wonder if they realize you have other classes. Every college student knows professors can vary in character dramatically. Sometimes you will get a professor who simply lectures to you for an hour or two and then you leave. These professors you will most likely only know by last name and you’ll probably only talk to them via the occasional email. On the other hand some times you will get the exciting professors who teach smaller classes and get fully engaged in their students. These professors will tell you all sorts of stories about their life outside of school, you feel welcome to their office hours and enjoy talking to them about all sorts of things. So why are some teachers so reclusive? Why don’t they invite their students to get to know them and engage in conversation outside of class? They’re teachers after all, shouldn’t they love the students they teach? Well, what if the way they act isn’t a conscience choice? A lot of the time, especially in large universities, the professors have Asperger’s syndrome. The combination of high intelligence rates and poor social skills can work for a university professor. They will often teach large lecture classes with 500+ students in one class and it doesn’t matter who’s there. These professors just talk to the students who show up, give out assignments, grade papers and continue on. Maybe you’ve encountered someone with Asperger’s and just didn’t know it. The way people with Asperger’s act in social situations can have some extremes. Some won’t make eye contact, won’t initiate conversation and will generally avoid people. Others, those who have received excessive counseling may be very in your face. What they understand about the dos and don’ts of socializing are very synthetic. Need some more explanation about this whole Asperger’s people in social situations thing? Well here is one way to look at it. So there’s this concept called hive mind. Hive mind is like the way a hive of bees work. It’s a lot of individual organisms but they all seem to function under a collective conscience (like they all share the same brain). When the human brain makes decisions it functions like a mini bee hive (all the parts of the brain that do things are the bees). It doesn’t just suddenly have answer; instead it goes through a series of ideas and scenarios until you come to a conclusion about whatever you were thinking about. This is different in people with Asperger’s. In a way they lack the ability to be a part of a “hive”. They think very individually and literally. So in a sense a university staff can be like a hive of professors that don’t know how to function as a hive. Unless specifically directed to, very little coordination occurs between individuals. Why do you think it seems like your professors never consider you have homework in other classes too! So all we can really do is drink lots of coffee, forget what sleep is and get all that work done. You’re almost there!!