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Mbti Types as Grandmas

DISCLAIMER: I’m not even sorry lol, hope it’s a fun read at least  ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

ISFJ: the ‘cookie baking, scrapbook making, sits on the porch with grandpa staring at the sunset then straight to bed’ grandma

INFJ: the ‘sweater knitting, money giving, ‘oh honey, it’ll all be okay’’ grandma

ISFP: the ‘pottery painting, salsa dancing, retired composer but music never retires so I’m just gonna continue composing anyway’ grandma

ESFJ: the ‘Thanksgiving dinner organizing, grandkids’ gossip subscribing, you just know she used to have a pilates butt’ grandma

INFP: the 'outdoors fearing, nagging grandkids to call everyday, I’m still learning how to use Twitter/Facebook/this smartphone which isnt very smart btw’ grandma

INTJ: the 'book reading, random stuff collecting/hoarding, strategic gambler that somehow wins every time’ grandma

ISTJ: the 'diligent chore doing, every Wednesday at 3pm bingo playing, been attending Sunday mass for 70 years now and a hip replacement ain’t gonna stop me sucka’ grandma

ISTP: the 'kitchen fire starting, 4 dogs owning just because the grandkids’ parents won’t let them have dogs, can teach level 2 water aquatics even better than the instructor’ grandma

INTP: the 'has random bruises everywhere from banging their knee on the desk accidentally repeatedly for 60 years, too awkward to converse with grandkids, sleep inducing tenured professor who refuses to retire because RESEARCHHH’ grandma

ENFJ: the 'book club organizing, soup kitchen volunteering because who else will train the new generation how to be compassionate, insightful advice dispenser 27/7 but also guilt trip queen’ grandma

ESFP: the 'colourful outfit wearing, sassy insult giving, all of your problems can be solved with a little bit of alcohol honey’ grandma

ENFP: the 'adventurous recipe trying, canes-slow-me-down claiming, will call you at 9pm before their bedtime once a week just to check up on you’ grandma

ESTJ: the 'Rolls Royce driving, strict budget money spending, 50+ rich AF but refuses to quit working until their limbs break off’ grandma

ENTJ: the 'boat driving, grandkids yelling, 50+ wealthy AF but still doesn’t wanna retire because everyone would be doing her job wrong’ grandma

ESTP: the 'quite young looking for her age maybe it’s maybelline, ex professional athlete now training all the young nubs, giving out weekly sex advice on a very very popular youtube channel’ grandma

ENTP: the 'savage/sassy/song lyric debating, fourth most likely to be still having active sex with sexy grandpas, somehow made a million dollars early in life’ grandma

So, I was thinking about selfies, and how people (including myself oftentimes, I admit) view them as narcissistic.  I remembered that my degree is in anthropology.  Which is literally an academic field created by humans to study humans.  To study ourselves.  There are textbooks.  There are conferences.  You can study this, get a degree in this.  We have it down to a literal science.  

I can imagine aliens meeting us, then pointing out “You have tenured human professors teaching other humans about humans, and you think that taking photographs is self-involved?!” 

Professors File Landmark Suit Exposing Cover Up of Discrimination and Corruption at University of Michigan

Two highly-accomplished, award-winning faculty have filed a joint complaint against the University of Michigan for violations of the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act based on race discrimination, gender discrimination, marital status discrimination, race hostile work environment, and retaliation; and violations of the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, for discriminatory hostile treatment and retaliation.

The complaint demonstrates that U-M’s highly publicized “diversity” campaigns are driven by self-serving rhetoric and false promises designed to deflect attention from serious and ongoing problems of institutional racism, underrepresentation of minority groups, and a hostile campus climate for marginalized groups. The complaint documents multiple instances in which university leaders acted to suppress complaints of discrimination and retaliate against faculty and students who reported both systemic patterns and individual acts of discrimination. It reveals misconduct and complicity by administrators from the departmental level to the highest ranks of the deans’ and provost’s offices, including UM’s chief diversity officer.

While on protected leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to care for a baby with Down syndrome in Winter 2015, Emily Lawsin, a professor in the Departments of American Culture and Women’s Studies, was sent a layoff notice with no prior warning and despite her strong teaching record dating back to 2000. Lawsin successfully contested that layoff, but the university again barred her from teaching during the current Winter 2017 Semester.

Scott Kurashige, formerly professor in the Department of American Culture, was terminated from his position as Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program in December 2013 and was forced out of a tenured faculty position through a constructive termination in summer 2014 after successfully working at U-M for 14 years. Kurashige is one of 20 faculty of color, an alarming number, who left (with many forced out from) the small-to- medium sized Department of American Culture between 1997 and 2016.

Professor Lawsin requests reinstatement to her Lecturer IV faculty position without a “Remediation Plan.” Professor Kurashige requests that U-M reinstate him to his former positions of Professor with tenure and Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program at an equitable salary reflecting his experience and achievements. Both request economic and non-economic damages and permanent injunctive relief to stop race/ethnic discrimination at U-M.

Professors Lawsin and Kurashige are represented by Alice Jennings, a partner in the law firm of Edwards & Jennings, PC, based in Detroit. The above summary provides highlights of the 74-page complaint—filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court on December 5, 2016.

anonymous asked:

I just publicly called out+unfriended a FB acquaintance who went on a while thing about "but what about Israel??" in response to an article about anti Semitic crime(Dw Im not here for validation) Now that I think back, I worry that I'll seem out of place for speaking out, since I'm not Jewish myself, and nobody else has called her out. So: would you feel like it was weird or overstepping a boundary for a non-Jewish person to defend Jewish people or israel? Sorry if this is a little weird 🐝

No it wouldn’t. 

Not to pick on you specifically, but I’d just like to say this is a problem I encounter a lot on social media.

For some reason a lot of people feel like it would be “inappropriate” to step in to step up for Jews. I’m not even getting into Israel here (as an aside saying “but Israel” on a topic that’s not specifically about Israel is derailing and antisemitic), I mean Jews WITHOUT the subject of Israel being raised. We are told people don’t share Jewish concerns because they are concerned it would be overstepping. And yet I don’t see many of the same people being so cautious about other minorities and I don’t understand why. I’m sure I speak for many Jews when I say we are deeply frustrated by how hesitant people are to step up for us.

Just to give you an idea, one thing that stuck out to me was that when an antisemitic professor posted antisemitic conspiracy theories on her facebook wall at Oberlin College, professors had to be cojoled to anonymously make a generic anti-antisemitism statement. Anonymous! 

Do you have any idea how unsafe it makes us feel that tenured college professors at one of the most left-wing institutions in the country are afraid to even use their names when defending us?

Please. Speak up. And encourage others to do so. We feel very alone out here. 

One thing that sets Icarus apart from other humans Apollo has known, is his utter refusal to be impressed by the gods.  There is no falling to his knees with this one; no awed, worshipful gazes.  He wields sarcasm well and uses it frequently. 

He does not fall for their charms – or at least, Apollo has never seen any effect on him.  Never.  Apollo is able to make knees buckle with just one well-crafted look.  He’s able to make men and women alike swoon with a single phrase.  Icarus only rolls his eyes and threatens to spray the god with cold water.

It’s the same with Helios.  Certainly, for all he mocks his partner/rival, Apollo can privately agree that Helios can turn on the charm when he tries.  He can take all his obnoxious arrogance and turn it into a cocky, flirtatious kind of appeal, when he tries.  And he is definitely trying.  Trying to impress the boy with tricks, with snark and jokes and his rebellious persona, and his wild motorcycle.  Icarus wavers between being politely amused and deeply annoyed. 

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FMA academia AU where Ed is the youngest tenured professor at his university.  He’s too short to reach pull down the chalkboard, and has to hop around every time he fills up a board.  His students think this is absolutely adorable, but wouldn’t dare say anything out loud.  He also grudgingly does contract work for the military to help put his younger brother through med school but lets Mustang know 100% of the time that he’s only doing it for Al and that he hates everything the military stands for. 

Leverage College AU

So I don’t really like high school AU’s that much, and I don’t think a Leverage one would really work. Like at least with these guys, just high school isn’t enough to truly give them a chance to become masters in their fields—they need to mature a bit.

Not to mention high school au vs college au there’d be so many more cons to do. These wouldn’t be children taking on adults, without almost any training or experience. It’d be adults vs adults, albeit adults in training, kinda. Part of the possible corruption in colleges are just how big they are. Sure, you can have a high school with maybe 5,000 students, but that’d be a small-midsized college. There are so many things to go wrong, just in their own college. Administrative issues, club issues (who has more funding, clubs trying to get approved but they keep getting blocked by someone on the administration for a bs reason), tenure—most professors are older white men, how could there not be issues—biased teachers, bribed teachers who give certain student A’s, exclusive clubs, hell cheating, test score fraud (not just SAT’s, there’s the tests you need to take for post-grad education), scholarship competition. Hell, some asshole professors make it so there’s a pre-set number of A’s in the class—do you know the kind of sabotage that could happen?

Hell, we were given an episode about an exclusive fraternity abusing a psych experiment, along with the episode about safety standards and cheerleaders. Shit happens at college.

And if they’re in a city like Philadelphia or New York City, there could be dozens of universities around. There’s not going to be a lack of people needing help.

Parker originally wasn’t supposed to be there, but the track coach once timed her running and well. They promised her lots and lots of chocolate if she actually went to school enough to be on the track team, so she got a scholarship for college. She doesn’t really care that much, but she likes math and the calculations she learns help her plan heists. The amount of times the Physics department professors have had a discussion w Parker about ‘theoretical’ issues that she brings up and. Well. It’s Parker. She also has a minor in Political Science bc she thinks it’s interesting (Listen. Remember how in the Hockey episode she knew about Schilling’s Theory of Rational Deterrence during the Cold War. I don’t make the rules Parker does.)

Also, by being on the track team she gets to travel around a lot, and it’s a readymade alibi as for why she’s in that area. She doesn’t always plan heists around the places she visits, and she goes plenty of times by herself, but it’s pretty good cover.

Since she has a scholarship, they pay for her meal plan and her housing, along w books. No, she never actually uses that room bc hello, waaaaaaaay too obvious, but that’s the point. If everyone expects her to be one place, that would be the first place they’d look for her, give her some time to get away—classic misdirection.

She has like 3 other apartments and like 4 warehouses that no one knows about that she rotates through, both sleeping AND keeping loot. But she takes the free meal plan, she doesn’t have to actually pay for them so more money for her. Not to mention some of the books have good ideas. I’m not saying she gets all A’s in her classes, but she passes.

And really, who’d think a college student is a world-renowned thief? ‘Academic’ is not exactly synonymous with that kind of crime, especially a pretty, 21 year old blonde Physics major.

She’s also a (sporadic) part of the outdoors club. What can she say—they have some pretty good climbing gear, and sometimes it can be hard to constantly get rid of gear. Just a few things—the high tech stuff she gets herself, but the basic things that aren’t easily traced to her? Yeah, it’s convenient. Plus if she’s ever caught, asking why do you have climbing gear becomes a whole lot easier to answer. Also good practice.

Nate is an Art History undergrad, Philosophy grad student who’s the team’s TA. He and Maggie were high school sweethearts, got married their junior year, Maggie had their son a few months after graduation. Nate’s now a grad student. He worked for IYS two years after graduation, interned for them every year during summers in between school and was well on his way to being their star investigator when his 3 year old son died, and they wouldn’t pay for his treatment.

He and Maggie later got divorced, and he’s back at school. They give him a stipend for school, and he doesn’t have to pay for tuition. And well. A constantly drunk Philosophy student is almost expected—he doesn’t really get in trouble with his job.

Aaaaand Hardison. Now, Hardison’s a bit more unexpected. You’d think he’d be Computer Science, but Hardison would run rings around any comp sci professor he’d have—he was only 21, tops, when the series started. Like there is not really that much of a difference between Hardison in the first season and this one in regards to computer ability. He’s a sophomore, and about 19-20.

But this is Hardison. Hardison, who isn’t just a wiz with computers—anything he touches, he can do. “I’ve hacked history” he (correctly) proclaims after figuring out a way to duplicate a 17th century journal in just 24 hours. And then there’s the time Sophie was explaining the history of a piece of art when Nate interjects, saying they already knew all of that, when Hardison interrupts, saying he doesn’t know that much before the 1980’s. Hardison’s a damn sponge when it comes to learning. The dude literally became a lawyer in one day.

So, he’s not going to be a computer science major. He wouldn’t actually learn anything from that, there’s literally 0 point. He has so many minors–an art and design minor, a music minor, and a chem minor. He’s also part of band (hello, Hardison the violin prodigy). So, he’s a mechanical engineering major—a computer, he can buy himself, but a bunch of the gadgets and gizmos he can’t get himself—or at least not easily—he can get for free at the university. Not to mention access to state of the art labs.

He mostly does it at first for his Nana, and then he finds out he genuinely loves learning. And he has a scholarship, and the cafeteria has orange soda, so everything’s all good.

And remember how excited Hardison got in the cooking episode, when he got to fire a laser? Yeah, he gets excited for all the gadgets he has access to.

But he still isn’t on the straight and narrow at all. He’s a hacker, first and foremost.

And Eliot. Oh Eliot. He’s a bit older, maybe enlisted at 17 (he kinda sorta lied), and now 22 and going to college on the GI Bill (I think that’s right). Eliot is almost more of a Jack-of-all-trades than Hardison, and it’s much more unexpected. Like in the episode they made a guy think aliens are real, he had a discussion with Hardison up Fermi’s paradox in regards to other life forms, and Eliot brings up Drake’s equation saying that with a hundred billion stars in our galaxy there’s up to 10,000 technological civilizations “you never know when you have to fight an alien.” Eliot is smart, both street smarts AND book smart and just knows a bunch about every topic. So, he double majors in Liberal Arts and minors in kinesthesiology. After going through his first semester and joining the cooking club, he also adds Culinary Science to his major.

Eliot isn’t a D1 or D3 athlete, but he does a lot of intramural and club sports. From judo to archery to badminton to table tennis, he does it all.

As for Sophie, she’s a Psych grad student, Art History/Linguistics undergrad. Yes, you’d think she’d be a Theater major, but that’s way too obvious. A grifter, who’s a Drama major? Too obvious. Yeah, the reason why Sophie never gets caught is because she never gets audition—she’s a horrible actress when people are looking. You don’t really think “great liar.” I do think she genuinely tries, but it’s also another misdirection.

So much of what Sophie does is an understanding of people, how they tick, their behavior, why they do what they do. She went to a different university for undergrad, and she’s mid 20’s—and ofc, both undergrad and grad school are using an alias. But what Sophie does is mostly enacting her interpretation of human nature. God, Sophie could come up with another approach to psychology with how much she knows, could go down in the textbooks if she wanted.

As for what she’s been doing in between, well, she has a very good cover story for that. But she needs to lie low for a little bit, and fleshing out more of an alias can always help. She developed that Charlotte Prentice alias for 7 years, it’s not out of the realm of possibility she’d do this, especially if she needs to lay low. It’s her first year at this school, and she’s not really that invested but like Parker, it can be a good cover.

She’s met Nate before, same as in the series—he’s chased after her. Although, now that he’s not working at IYS, he doesn’t really care—it’s a big school, they don’t really interact.

And just because they’re now at a university doesn’t mean the first episode would go any differently, at least at first. Or, maybe there’s a faraway professor, named Victor Dubenich, who yes, assembles the team, but doesn’t actually realize Hardison, Eliot, and Parker go to the same university as Nate—he’s much more public than the others. And maybe they don’t realize they all go to the same college, at first. Like they realize that they all live near each other, but the same college?

Because one of the advantages to being that young is that sure, you have fewer contacts and fewer scores and assets but you also have less of a record, less of a trail, fewer chances for people to find out the details of who you are.

But yes, things can get competitive in academia, especially when those plans could be sold for millions of dollars. Except, it turns out it wasn’t even from another professor. It was from a (sleep deprived) grad student.

They still take him down, and makes a seriously ridiculous amount of money. And they all enjoy it more than they thought, like what they’re doing. They start to go their own ways—except not really.

And then they walk into their Intro to Philosophy class, the one that the school requires every major to take, even Sophie, and guess who’s the TA but Nate Ford?

The Strength of Two

Summary: Courage comes at a cost.

Pairing: Soul/Maka

Rating: T

Tags: Angst, Anxiety, Hurt/Comfort, Humor

Word Count: 1,600

Available on Ao3. Special thanks to @skadventuretime for being a lovely beta~

If you ask Soul Evans if he has any superpowers, he would say for certain that he does. But he won’t tell you about how he can turn into a literal fucking scythe, nor about the way he is able to command the rhythm of a fight with an improvised melody from the piano in his mind. While he might cite his cool-kid aesthetic as being ‘super,’ if you ask him in earnest, he will tell you that his power is being able to read his meister like she reads Austen.

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The “educators are petty bourgeois” argument pops up on here a lot, and it bores me immensely. It invariably treats the University as a monolith which has the same class composition and economic function today as it had a hundred years ago, all of which is plainly false. It flatly ignores the explosion of anti-debt and anti-fee organization among undergraduates and agitation regarding wages among graduate students and adjunct faculty. It ultimately writes off a large chunk of the working class as class enemies of no consequence, and a major site of class struggle as a bourgeois stronghold. It is deeply irresponsible.

So, on this note, I’d like make some remarks about the class character of universities in general. Speaking broadly and schematically, we might summarize the development of the University in three stages. In the initial, aristocratic stage, the University serves as a place for the sons of propertied families to be trained up as gentlemen. It is in this stage that the University functions most unambiguously as a class instrument.

In the second, liberal stage, the University becomes a site of purported upward mobility: those with sufficient merit (primarily but not exclusively the white petit bourgeoisie) are invited to join the ranks of a cultural elite. This is the stage generally associated with the expansion of the University and its “golden age,” and this is the stage that commentators of all stripes like to pretend that we are still in or that we might return to.

The present, neoliberal stage of the University, however, admits no easy retreat. At this stage, the University is actively proletarianizing. Undergraduates are increasingly debt encumbered, their labor increasingly expropriated via unpaid or low-paid jobs that supposedly give them opportunities to “network.” Grad students and adjuncts are loaded up with poorly remunerated shitwork. (The dwindling caste of tenured and tenure-track professors, meanwhile, are increasingly incorporated into the University’s administrative apparatus. They are effectively converted from labor aristocrats to bureaucrats and middle managers.)

Needless to say, this trajectory of development is a rough sketch, and it does not apply evenly across the board. Ivy League and prestigious liberal arts schools especially are nonsynchronous holdouts, concretizations of the second stage. This is not representative of most universities at this point, however; especially not of public universities or universities outside the West. The neoliberal moment has manifested in the overwhelming majority of these.

The University is not immune to diffuse trends of proletarianization, the growing precarity of labor, capital’s totalizing consumption of social life, and so on. To act as though it is and treat it as a fortress occupied solely by petty bourgeois reactionaries is silly, outdated, and parochial.

anonymous asked:

would you recommend going for a PhD?

This is a big question, a tough one, and one that I can only answer based on my own experiences by encouraging anyone who is considering a PhD to ask themselves a series of smaller questions. These would include:

  • What do you want to do with your PhD? Teach? Research? Write? Work inside the academy, or outside? 
  • Depending on the answers to the previous question - how viable are careers in your field doing the thing you want to do? Increasingly, at least in the US, universities rely upon exploited contract labor (grad students and adjuncts) rather than tenure-track professors due to how much cheaper that labor is, so if your field doesn’t seem to have a lot of sustainable career paths open, you’ll want to at the very least have a backup plan or two. 
  • Do you love reading? Because that’s the thing grad school has been all about, in my experience. I’ve learned how to read a lot of very dense and complex material very quickly with an optimized level of comprehension, and I’ve learned through that reading how to write my own things that other scholars would want to read. In a humanities/social science program with a 3-course semester load, I’d say you should expect to read roughly 400 pages per week, plus any writing assignments responding to those readings your professors ask for. This does not include reading in preparation for seminar papers, which can add a whole heck of a lot more on your plate.
  • What motivates you? If it’s money, even in the long run, I cannot recommend a PhD program unless you’re going to be like, an economist or something. Lots of my colleagues are motivated by a love of learning and a genuine, persistent curiosity about their object of study. Lots of them are also motivated by a fervent belief that better scholarship can lead to better culture and politics, and that by doing what we do as both writers and teachers, we can change the world for the better. More than anything I’m in the latter camp, though I obviously have to be deeply intrigued by my research topic to sustain my work. 
  • What and who else do you need to consider in taking on the lifestyle of a PhD student? If you make any money at all through a teaching or research gig, you won’t be making much. You will work nearly all the time. You might end up moving across the country for jobs several times, sometimes to places that have nothing more than their local college/university. You will probably be cranky a decent amount of the time. You’ll need to travel for conferences and the like. If you have a partner or dependents or cannot/will not live in certain places or under circumstances, you should be up front with yourself and all invested parties in those things. If you have health - physical, mental, etc - needs to consider, these things shouldn’t be a barrier to your pursuit of academic degrees, but 1) sometimes will be on an institutional level because the academy is ableist as fuck and 2) are things to be thinking about before choosing a place to move to or a program of study. 
  • What will the financial situation be? I’m lucky enough to be in a program where I receive a full tuition remission and a teaching stipend - though I do only get paid my regular wage 9 months out of the year and still live below the poverty line, my livelihood is not in immediate danger should I not secure funding for the next semester. Usually tuition remissions are tied to paid positions, so if you’re not getting a stipend, you’re often also paying thousands of dollars to attend the University. Don’t do this for a PhD. I literally cannot think of a situation in which it would be worth it to pay 5-7 years of tuition for this degree. Any program worth its salt will pay you to be there.
  • What program will you attend, and who will you seek to work with there? I only applied to programs that I would’ve been thrilled to attend - which meant I only applied to three. Lots of people apply to closer to/over 10 programs, including ‘safety schools’ they believe they’re more likely to get into. For me, it was always more about getting to do the kind of work I want with the kind of mentors I was looking for than it was about getting a PhD at any cost. I chose a program where several faculty members would influence my work in ways that excite me (which turned out to be for the best, as my advisor left for another university in the middle of my program), so the entire intellectual community of my program is one that’s exciting and helpful for me and my work. If you have a way of getting this information, I also suggest you try to find out what kind of advisor your desired mentor is - I know that there are some scholars in my field who I would not have had a good time working with just because of personalities, and my happiness is something that’s important to me even as I slog through the work!
  • Are you okay feeling like you’ve put things on hold, in even just a small way, for 5-7 years? My colleagues and I are all committed to having as full lives as possible, with families and wide circles of friends and hobbies and other things we’re committed to, but all of that takes a lot of work. And even with those things, depending on what stage of life you’re at, there might be things that you find need to wait until you’re done or almost done - buying a house, having a baby, etc. etc.
  • Related to the last one: Where are you in life generally? I was just barely 22 when I started my program, only 3 months out of my undergraduate degree, where I’d lived in a house with a cook and a cleaning crew and, despite working very hard at my schoolwork and jobs, had not done a lot of the ‘grown up’ day-to-day life maintenance stuff myself. My first year in my program was so difficult because I was juggling learning how to be an adult with learning how to be a graduate student and learning how to be a teacher and learning the actual material of my courses. It was a lot, and I also gave up my young-20′s party girl lifestyle to move to a college town where I was closer in age to my students, but couldn’t go out without feeling anxious that I would run into one of them. In the end, this is what I needed - I grew up, and I figured out my mental health (in time), and I committed myself to the kind of politics and pedagogy and lifestyle that I had come to my program in search of - but this would’ve been a bad move for tons of other people. If you’re just finishing up undergrad, unless there is a particularly compelling reason to go straight through to the PhD (in my case I like to believe there was, though I’m not entirely certain how much of that is a rationalization I’ve built up for myself after the fact), I would not recommend starting a PhD right away. My friends and colleagues who took even just a year off seem to have had an infinitely easier time coming back and feeling good about the decision and being able to juggle it all.
  • And if you do decide to start a PhD, here’s what I think is one of the most important things to know - you probably will, and probably should, have at least one period of time where you question whether or not this is the right thing for you. I’d be concerned if a friend who had committed themself to the amount of work a PhD program throws on you never once had a moment of ‘dear jesus mary and joesph is this what i want to be doing for the rest of my life’ (because while it ends, in a certain sense, when you graduate, the life of an academic proceeds in similar ways for quite a long time from my understanding). I had two big moments like this in my life - and admittedly, one of them was on Election Night 2016 when the results became apparent, so that’s less related to my desire to do academic work and more related to what I thought the world needed from me moving forward. They were both important moments. You need to let yourself have them. And if the answer to the question “do I want to keep doing this” (not “am I cut out for this?” though, that’s a different question entirely that I ask myself most days) is a resounding ‘no,’ or even a whispered ‘no,’  you should take it seriously and figure out what it means to leave graduate school. Especially for PhD students, it’s hard to see leaving the academy as anything but giving up or a failure, but it’s literally not. The academy, by and large, is a horrible place. PhD programs, by and large, are peddling knowledge that will do little good to a lot of people and offers hardly any future job security in a lot of fields. Yes, it can be right for some folks depending on their wants/needs, but it doesn’t have to be right for everyone, and you can realize that at any time. 

SO YES, THIS IS A VERY LONG SET OF QUESTIONS AND THOUGHTS but that’s because taking on a PhD is a very big choice and commitment, at least for the time that you’re working on it. And the academy is exclusive and ableist and racist and sexist and homophobic and cissexist and classist as hell, and so especially for those of use who are women and lgbtq and have mental illnesses and/or disabilities and for those who are not white or citizens or American (presuming you’re considering the American academy, which is all I can really speak to despite the feeling that it’s no better in many other places), we need to think long and hard about whether putting ourselves in the position of being further exploited, further burdened, further beaten down is worth the end goal. I’m certainly hoping that it will be for me - I love the work I do, I love to teach, and I love the smart and compassionate colleagues I’m lucky enough to call friends. But it’s a big commitment, and so I hope you all take the time to think it through! I’m always happy to talk through it with you, so drop a line if you need!

anonymous asked:

Hello! Please could I have a story about Claire being jealous of women flirting with Jamie, who may not know he is happily married but he's too polite to tell them...or perhaps he doesn't even realise they're keen on him, being the cinnamon roll that Jamie is. Thank you ❤


Dr. Jamie Fraser had been a tenured professor in the history department at University of Glasgow for over two decades as had his wife, Dr. Claire Fraser.  Both had been lauded as their respective country’s next wunderkind since they had completed their undergraduate degrees before they had even reached puberty. Claire’s area of forte, focus, and fascination, as she was wont to saying, was medical history while Jamie’s eye had always been firmly fixed on Scottish history since its founding in 843 A.D. Since they had such disparate areas of study they were rarely seen at the same campus functions together. The actuality that they could be married didn’t even dawn on people when they were spotted in the city together and it tended to cause problems whenever a new class began.

Jamie held a study group at the local coffeehouse once a month to give the master’s candidates an opportunity to ask questions outside of a formal classroom setting. Every year the turnout was about ninety-eight percent women, usually single and sighing over the nattily dressed man. He was a very intelligent man in the ways of history but was alarmingly poor at reading body language. It drove his wife up a wall which is why she showed up incognito at every session.

One co-ed raised her hand, “Um, Professor Fraser?” she sighed breathily. “I’m confused about something on our syllabus.”

Claire gritted her teeth. She had been trying to divert herself from the incoming idiocy she knew was inevitable by texting their daughter about her recent orchestra performance. Faith tried sending her videos of cute kittens and other baby animals but to no avail.

“How may I assist you, Miss Muir? If it’s about your citations we’ve already discussed that they are due to be submitted at my office a week Thursday.” he remarked.

He walked to where she was sitting to read the paper in question.

“This is not our syllabus, Miss Muir!” Jamie chided. “That is for another course. I’ll thank you to please use the correct one. Anyone else?”

He removed his glasses to peer down his nose at the crowd seating around him. When there was so response he called on another student.

“Miss York? Just the other day you had mentioned you needed some time with me. Is that still the case?” he asked.

Claire’s eyes shot to the student in question, waiting for a response that didn’t involve the young woman looking at her husband like he hung the moon.

“Um, no? Sir?” her voice cracked. “You’ve already answered it. Thank you, sir.”

“And I’ll thank you to wipe the drool off your chin!” Claire muttered.

Dozens of innuendo laiden questions and even more inane comments later, the meeting was done. Jamie packed up his briefcase and walked over to sit by his wife on a nearby couch. She lay her head on his shoulder as he laced his fingers with hers.

“Have I told you lately you are the love of my life, mo nighean donn?” he asked.

“Not nearly enough. Why don’t we go home and you tell me again? I think I have just the outfit for the occasion.”

Small Liberal Arts School Gothic
  • Is that a frat party or a funeral pyre you see in the distance? You wouldn’t wonder except… there was that one time.
  • Watch out for a capella groups… they’re everywhere, and they seem to be multiplying. Were there so many last week? Did they have so many harmonies? Those haunting, otherworldly harmonies…
  • The frat chapters aren’t national. They aren’t really local either. They seem to be multi-dimensional mostly. The parties they throw are dark rituals, and the pledge class gets smaller after each one. Maybe they just can’t stand the pressure? That’s probably it.
  • You and this girl have had classes together every semester since freshman year. Your friends have all had classes with her every semester since freshman year. You don’t know her name. She couldn’t have been in all those classes at the same time, could she?
  • Your department has more visiting professors than tenured faculty. Their visits seem to get shorter and shorter. You knew one professor who made it for three years before their “contract was terminated.” The last professor didn’t make it an entire semester. “Terminated” the head of the department said in answer to their absence. “Terminated” was all she would say, growing steadily softer.
  • Ultimate Frisbee is the most “liberal arts” sport. Quidditch is the most “liberal arts” sport. The teams have been silently feuding over this point for years. It seems to be getting more violent. You are worried the war is coming soon. Soon you too will have to pick a side.
  • The College President’s house in on campus, and a dark cloud seems to hang around it at all times. Even on bright spring days, there are deep shadows surrounding the president’s house. He is rarely seen. When he comes out of his dark abode to give speeches, something seems off about his smile, and you’re sure you see something moving under his skin. Look away quickly. Tell no one.
  • Diversity is very important to your institution. Diversity is the buzzword you hear every day. Diversity is the chant that can be heard from the Admissions Office basement if you pass by the building in the spring. You almost wish things would be a little less diverse. The fish-people in your 8am are so uncomfortably damp.
  • The population seems to be unusually white. In fact, you’re pretty sure it’s gotten more white over your time at the school. You were sure there were several clubs dedicated to the experiences of students of color just last year, but even they are white now. In fact, you seem to have gotten more pale, more white as you’ve continued your education.
  • The student wellness center doesn’t seem to be very helpful. The nurses have dead eyes and seem to run far more blood tests than you think you need. “More blood” they whisper, grabbing another syringe. You wonder if you should run.
  • “I pulled three all-nighters this week” you overhear in the dining hall. This makes you want to laugh and cry at once. Thinking back, you can’t remember the last time you slept. It’s just finals, you tell yourself. It’s February.
Graduate Study

I’m writing this post for @bibliophilicwitch, whom is excellent and one of the blogs I’ve been following since I started tumblr on a previous account.  I am posting it to my own blog, because there is a word limit to submissions in the “ask” window that I will inevitably destroy, and because there is an off-chance that this writing might be useful to someone else.

So, to begin…

Dear Ms. Bibliophilic Witch;

Let me start with my credentials.  I am over halfway through a Ph.D. program… that means that yes, I have a B.A. and an M.A., as well as pair of teaching certificates from a few years in between those two.  In the next two to three years, I’ll have the Ph.D. and be able to say “It’s actually Dr.” when somebody starts giving me lip and uses the term “Mr.”  So that’ll be fun!  I am also an excellent teacher, and I have both student responses and faculty evaluations to prove that. I have taught numerous college courses (at least a few dozen) and designed dozens more when I was working in instructional design.  Oh, and my Ph.D. is in Higher Education.  I study how people attend colleges and universities.  Specifically, I study assessment, student learning, and teacher development.

And I will say, unabashedly, that I want you, as a person, in my classes.

You are intelligent, as your writing continously demonstrates.  You are socialable, though I know you do not consider yourself to be… your blog presence stands as evidence of such social skills, in a world where they matter quite a bit.  You have good argumentation skills (as your critiques of Riordan) show, and have martialed both data and logic to make your points.  You are creative, and as the creator of something that has taken off (I reference your “Tomes and Tea” initiative), as well as a leader in an online community.  I know little to nothing of your work habits and ethics, but it seems that were I to roll the dice, they would far exceed those of the average 18-year-old who is looking forward to gaining a fake ID and spending their first year devoted to really understanding the difference between an IP and a Lager.  And, most importantly, you are passionate about academic topics, which is obvious to anyone with even a cursory view of your social media presence on tumblr.  Were I in charge of your application process, I would be one questions away from calling my financial aid department to demand a way to get you enrolled.

So, here’s the question.

Do you actually want to have a graduate degree?

This question, at first glance, is pretty offensive.  So, I urge you to take it in the spirit of self-reflection, rather than as a critique of your process.  However, I will present the data that leads me to ask this question, and offer you a chance to rebut the points I make here.

1) It has been a stretch of time since your leaving your previous institution and attempting to attend another one.  Although I have no doubt there are significant and meaningful reasons for this absence, I can assure you, an admissions officer really does not care.  However, it is not an all-is-lost moment.  You need to be convincing that it is not lack of desire that has kept you away.  Instead of offering reasons as to why you were not in school, offer evidence that you should be, that now is the right time.

2) Your pursuit of an online school for a bachelor’s degree strikes me as a mistake.  I know several faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and I have co-authored with one of them.  It is a good, reputable school.  Good, reputable schools scorn online degrees.  Maybe that is unfair, but it is also true, and the world we live in.  Purdue’s recent acquisition of the Kaplan property was seen, in academic circles, as a black mark on the face of that institution, which is also a good, reputable school.  Be very, very careful in assuming that an online B.A. will qualify you for entrance to Master’s-level study.

3) The third point is also about pursuing an online degree.  To me, it implies that your current convenience (for example, avoiding relocating, keeping your same job, etc.) is more important to you than dedicating yourself to higher education study.  Is this true?  This is a serious question.  Many people answer that “Yes, it is.”  Their reasons are not trivial ones; they have high-paying jobs, they have family to take care of, they have military spouses and are constantly on the move… and they make that decision.  As such, they are okay with a degree being a secondary priority.  Is such the case for you?

4) Along those same lines, while a number of online universities (Argosy, Kaplan, Wayland Baptist online, and those are just the ones I’ve worked for) will be quite happy to accept your application and take your money, graduate degrees are not easy.  If you show that you are not willing to dedicate yourself to the pursuit of a B.A. at a reasonable, respected school… then how am I to believe that you will dedicate yourself to graduate study at one?  We are talking about degrees where a book a week is a minimal exceptation, and you’ll have three classes with that minimal expectation.  Where a “research project” does not have anything to do with the “research paper with five citations!” that we let undergraduates pass through with.  We’re talking about immersing yourself in a body of knowledge.  Setting Google Scholar to your homepage.  Reading the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed on a daily basis.  Participating in outreach programs.  Attending and presenting at conferences.  Interning as a resource that is expected to know what they are talking about when a tenured professor needs help with a research project.  In library science, expect to become familiar with the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research… in your first week.  After that, you’re going to need to become a subject matter expect in some area… the point is, this is not about passing classes.  We have a world full of students that can pass classes.  Graduate study is about setting foot in the world of scholarship and research.

5) What are your orientations, ontologies, epistomologies, research questions, philosophical orientations?  I place your argumentation in a post-positivist sense, but your orientation more towards critical theory.  Have you considered these questions?  What about, more simply, the change you wish to see in the world?  That, before anything, may be the crux of graduate study.  Undergraduate degrees are about improving the self.  I am easily assured you can do that work, and your self has improved (as I stated in my third paragraphs) to the point where I would have no trouble advocating your candidacy as a recipient of a bachelor’s degree.  But what have you done for the world?  And, more importantly, what change do you want to see in the world?  And if you need a particular credential to make that change… draw me the link between how your achievement of that credential makes for the better world.

That, then, is the core of a graduate study application.  It is not about who deserves it.  We are overwhelmed with qualified students.  It is about who has shown the dedication to education previously that indicates that they can thrive in a graduate program, and who is going to make an impact on the world during and after their arrival in one.  If you’ve got solid answers to those, and are ready to make this your top priority… then please, talk to someone, get in gear, and enroll.  If your top priorities are to remain where are you are, try and smush in a couple of courses here and there where it is convenient, and hope the world applauds as you get a credential… well, I doubt such is the path to graduate school success.

ok my french prof is slovenian and her last name literally isnt even hard to pronounce but it ends in -čič (č = tch basically) but anyway if u hear it once or twice its extremely easy to say, but the dumbasses in my class literally act like its fucking unpronounceable???? and get this, this is what bothers me most: when talking about her in the 3rd person they call her by her first name. this is a woman with a phd, who is a tenured professor at a large research university who is VERY respected and well-known in her field, AND she’s like 40 years older than you, AND she was given a chevalier de l’ordre des palmes académiques honor/distinction by the french government. AND she also speaks like 9 languages and can read 3 more. and you 20 yr old monolingual american sorority bitches (who all suck at french, by the way. like…. A Lot) call her by her first name because you cant be assed to try to say her last name correctly??? which requires LITERALLY next to NO effort whatsoever???? holy fucking shit like thats so disrespectful on so many levels like it aggravates me every time