I thought sound-blocking headphones were just for professionals, until I came to college.
I also thought that people who own sound-blocking headphones, who are not professionals, are silly.
To these elusive, expensive, silence-bringing angels of technology: I am so sorry. I was so wrong.
How frustrating it is to be so sensitive to any noise when I am trying to work! I can’t get anything done, particularly anything which involves reading and writing, when any kind of talking is happening. Look, I know this isn’t tearing your understanding of reality– noise distracts everyone. However, most people seem to be able to work through it to some degree, whereas I have absolutely no tolerance for any kind of speaking when I need to work.
At this very moment, I am pumping instrumental music from YouTube through my headphones in an attempt to block my roommate, her boyfriend, and their television while I desperately claw at this Russian essay. (I tried listening to Russian music, but even words I don’t quite understand are too distracting.) And you know what? I’m angry at my roommate. Of course there is no reason to be angry with my roommate, who does nothing wrong by talking and watching TV. I absolutely do not want to be mad at her. However, this frustration is making me very, very agitated.
I think I will look into buying those silly, blessed noise-blocking headphones.
Can you imagine the peace, the quiet, the concentration? I COULD CRY.