Thursday, April 28, 2005

Rainbow Club

Don't you just love when you say something and it gets taken out of proportion to the extreme? I was trying to explain to my debaters the importance of making ones own decisions and not always taking everything a teacher says as gods honest truth. I was telling them the experience I had with a psychology professor who invited all her students to the "Rainbow Club" meeting when I was a freshman in college. She told us it was a new diversity group on campus and I was thinking it would be interesting. My mom had told me to get involved and since this club was just starting up I thought what the heck I'll check it out. I saw flyers on campus and I talked to my friends about it. I guess I was very naive coming from a small town, but I didn't realize it at the time. The day of the meeting came and I was excited. I tried to talk my roommate (who was from Chicago) into coming. She said "Do you know what this club is about?" I said, "No, not a clue, but it's about diversity and I am open to that." Well I soon found out from her that it was the gay and lesbian group on campus and my professor was openly lesbian. For a small town girl this hit me really hard. I was furious at being tricked into coming to a meeting when I wasn't really told the truth about what the group was for. Needless to say I didn't go, I didn't believe most of the things she said from then on, and I have become far more open about finding out the details before I try anything new.
Anyway my debaters found this very funny and we have had endless conversations on whether I was starting a rainbow club at school. I am very open to new ideas and I take this like most everything else they say as interesting and with a little sarcasm. I will never forget my state debaters or "The Rainbow Club".

1 comment:

Mitch said...

as soon as i read the title i got the picture. we had one of these clubs talk to us in our religous studies class. interesting. i miss you mo!