PhDs at the Kiddie Table

PhDs at the Kiddie Table

(Or, “Why I Identify with Ryan the Temp”)

Ryan

A weird thing’s happened since I’ve decided to leave: I find it easier to talk to faculty.

Let me backtrack and–at the risk of sounding like I’m bragging about basic people skills–say that I’m pretty fine with most social interactions. And yet I’ve had my fair share of shyness with professors. Not all professors, or all the time, but it’s definitely more self-consciousness than I’ve had with bosses or coworkers elsewhere.

And that’s the rub. I think this new confidence shows two things: (1) part of why I was shy is that I always dreaded the “how’s the research?” question, because deep down I didn’t want to do freaking academic research anymore; and (2) faculty and graduate students are not coworkers, which I’ve always known, and I’m sick of it, which is new.

This! This! It bites. (From PhD Comics, 7/25/08: http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1047 .)

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Bed, bath, & beyond: chamber pots

Bed, bath, & beyond: chamber pots

Warning: this post may contain paintings of ladies peeing. Oh no, I just realized that is where all my future site hits are going to come from.

Saw this today on Two Nerdy History Girls when I was slacking off from reading Locke: “Strange English Dining Customs and Furniture“:

“Will it be credited, that, in a corner of the very dining room, there is a certain convenient piece of furniture [chamber pot], to be used by any body who wants it. The operation is performed very deliberately and undisguisedly, as a matter of course, and occasions no interruption of the conversation.” (from Louis Simond’s 1810-1811 Journal of a Tour and Residence in Great Britain)

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