Just because you’re at college or in university doesn’t mean that all the fun in your life has to stop. Sometimes, the greatest sources of amusement, entertainment, and great jokes can be the people you expect it from the least—your professors. After all, just because you start teaching doesn’t mean you have to trade in your sense of humor for a stern frown.
To show you just how awesome educators can be, Bored Panda has put together this list of the funniest, witty, and wonderfully wild emails that professors ever sent to their students.
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Scroll down, upvote the ones that made you laugh the most, and be sure to send the pics to your fave scholars! If you’re at college or you’ve recently graduated, we’d also love to hear all about the funniest teachers you had. Drop on by the comment section and share your tale with all the other Pandas reading.
Bored Panda had a chat about emailing students with Lisa McLendon, the William Allen White Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Coordinator at the Bremner Editing Center at the University of Kansas.
She told us that it depends on the individual professor and what tone they want to maintain with their students. “Some people feel comfortable with a high level of formality; others chat with students as they would their peers. It depends on the subject, the level of students, and the university,” she said.
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According to Professor McLendon, some professors have to work extra hard. “Research has shown that many faculty members from historically marginalized groups need to work harder to establish authority in the classroom, and that may also affect the tone they take with students,” she told Bored Panda.
We were curious how we can get over the fear the sending out an email that might contain mistakes. The professor stressed that there’s one thing that we have to do, and we have to do it well “Proofread!” However, we shouldn’t stress about making errors too much.
“But also realize that we are human and humans make the occasional mistake. If you make a factual error, admit it and fix it as soon as possible—people do understand,” she said.
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There’s a fine balance to be struck when it comes to the frequency of emails and communication between professors and their students. “Again, it depends on the subject, the level of students, and the university. Not too much or it’ll get ignored; not too little or people will get disengaged; not too long or people won’t read to the end. I usually send my messages a few times a week, to give pieces of information and stay in touch,” McLendon shared with Bored Panda.
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#5 A Student Emails His Professor While Drunk… Results Are Amazing
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#6 My Professor Scared Me For A Second
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Bored Panda recently spoke about the relationship between humor and the workplace with British comedy writer Ariane Sherine.
The comedy expert told us that humor and fun “definitely” have a positive effect on the people working in any workplace. It keeps them motivated and dedicated to their jobs.
“The more fun you have at work, the more likely you are to want to be at work, so you’re happy to stay for longer and happy to be there in the first place,” the humor expert noted.
#7 My Son’s Business Professor Sent This Out To His Class.
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“My last job was a blast, we had loads of fun and it was a really warm, friendly environment so I couldn’t wait to get into work in the mornings,” she revealed a bit about her own professional life.
Unfortunately, if an employee feels constantly burned out, they can find it hard to make jokes and to see the silver lining in their routine.
“Working in difficult jobs can definitely suck the joy out of life. When I worked in retail I couldn’t wait to leave! Look for the good things. Sometimes that’s just the money and what it buys you, sadly,” Ariane explained to Bored Panda.
#10 Facebook Friend Emailed His Professor Over A Grade Dispute. This Was His Response.
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#11 My Friends Class Received This Holiday Email From Their Professor Earlier Today
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#12 My College Science Teacher
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“It’s difficult not to take work seriously when it takes up so much of your life, and if it’s impairing your happiness then you need to look for a new job,” she said.
The comedy expert also opened up about the pros and cons of being the office clown in any line of work. According to her, the people who can get away with making lots of jokes are those who have the sharpest skills.
#13 My Professor’s Email For Not Doing Our Work
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#14 An Accidental Text From My Math Teacher
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#15 This Automatic Email Reply I Got From A Professor
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“Sure, you can be the office clown, but only if you’re really good at your job too. No one’s going to mind you joking around if you’re also acing it at work,” she said that we can afford to be silly if we’re impressing our bosses.
“It’s when it’s detrimental to your work that people start to frown upon it. But I’ve always been the company clown and I’ve found it’s a great way to get through the grind of a workday!”
#16 One Typo In My Email LED To A Seriously Good Laugh, Big Props To My Professor For Having Such A Sense Of Humor
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#27 Very Comprehensive Letter
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#28 I Matched With My Professor On Tinder Right After Our Final. This Is What He Messaged Me
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#29 This Is The Email My Western Civilization Professor Sent Me Regarding Our Snow Day…
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#31 I Emailed My Professor And Referred To The Virus As “Miss Rona” And He Emailed Me Back With The Same Energy And I Love Him.
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#34 My Professor Emailed Me To Let Me Know He Printed Out A USA Today Article And Hung It To The Wall Outside His Office For Me To Come Get
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#35 My Physics Professor Was A Bit Casual Today When Emailing Us About Cancelling Class
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#36 Email I Got From My Biochem Professor Back In College. Best Compliment I’ve Ever Received.
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#37 Email From A Professor At My School
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#38 Finals Week Email From Professor
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#39 My Professor Emailed This To All His Students The First Day Of Class
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#45 My College IT Teacher Just Sent Me This Email. Was It Really Needed?
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#46 Our Class Is The Only Section That Is Using Respondus And We Can’t Use Our Own Calculator. Someone In The Class Emailed The Professor Asking If We Could Use A Calculator And This Is How He Replied…
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