It's the first day of the RF Microwaves course. My colleague from the engineering society, CB, is teaching the course. Several coworkers are also taking the class, and SK introduces CB, saying that she will also apply to our company for a job.
I have a pen but no paper. "No worries," I think to myself. "I'll just find some blank photocopy or printer paper." But as I look around the room, I don't see anything like this. I see piles of used papers, so I get up from my seat to look through them, hoping to find at least one piece that's blank on one side. But even the scraps of opened junk mail envelopes have handwriting on both sides.
Then I see a cardboard box with stacks of pads of lined paper all wrapped in cellophane. I cut the wrap with my pocket knife and take one pad and return to my seat.
The lecture has begun. The professor has already written on the board so I need to catch up. But the "board" is a wooden board in some dark finish like walnut. The professor's chalk marks barely leave a mark. In addition, to my dismay, the paper that I found is dark maroon. My black pen marks are barely discernible on it. I wonder, how I can do well in the class if I can't even take proper notes on the first day?!