I manage a master's program at an elite institution. It is expensive and prestigious, therefore, people think they can talk down to me because I am an administrator and they are spending a lot of money to be here.
It is incredibly annoying. I am a professional. I have a master's degree. I am highly regarded in my office and I am entrusted with high-level decisions. I am not a secretary, but even if I was- have some respect.
I just got an email from a student complaining about a decision that was made. It says "If I
need to talk with Professor Smith or some other faculty members as you are not
in charge, please let me know the person who I should talk with."
No, you fool, I AM in charge. And belittling me because you did not get your way will not help your cause. Why do people think that talking to people like that will allow them to advance in life?! I want to email him back and say- "You are welcome to speak with Professor Smith, but you should also realize that I am in charge and this was my decision and in the future, stop being an ass."
Instead, I came here and bitched about it to y'all. Blergh.