To the people REPLYING ALL to pointless University emails about window washing, discussions about a new reading group, or the Dean’s talk.
DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S START OF TERM AND OUR INBOXES ARE ALREADY OVERFLOWING!
Posts tagged academia is shit
That’s vodka. And usually this (non)blog isn’t sappy pap…
But some days you realise you’ve chosen a life that’s really lonely, and usually on those days it’s pretty shit coming home, even though your best mate is there, and feeling like he’s the only one who wants to spend Friday night with you; and even that’s contractually obligable.
4th year PhD.
See, even the things you think will make you less lonely, still make you lonely. Because the human condition is a lonely one.
I’ve 24 exams left to mark (grade) out of this pile of 50, out of 90 total, and they all must be done by today.
I’ve written over 2,500 words today - that’s longer than my students’ essay!
My supervisors have given me until the end of the month to get my shit together and produce work, which I haven’t done since my PhD/mental/nervous breakdown 13 months ago.
My tally of 2,500 today is added to the 12,000 total from yesterday. … That’s right; I’m submitting well over 60 pages. …
Maybe I did have a year long crisis, but I’m doing DAMN WELL now.
GIVE ME A DOCTORATE TO OCCUPY THE 4TH POSITION ON THE WALL OF SHIT THAT DIDN’T KILL ME!
Most Ph.D. students spend their days reading esoteric books and stressing out about the tenure-track job market. Thomas Herndon, a 28-year-old economics grad student at UMass Amherst, just used part of his spring semester to shake the intellectual foundation of the global austerity movement.
There are several things that are great about this story:
We don’t often push our students to ask questions and challenge the authorities. We should. This guy is inspiration because he had the confidence, persistence, and fortitude to take apart a highly influential study.
You also have to give credit to his professor, who gave the assignment: Go out and replicate and existing study. And then working with the student to refine the findings and double-check the work.
And you also have to give credit to one of the original authors of the study, who sent the student the dataset. Without that dataset, there would be no “take down” and no discovery. The original author knew she was exposing herself, but freely passed along the data.
This is how the scientific method works, and why it’s superior to other forms of knowledge. Science is a collaborative project. The student needed guidance from the professor; the original author shared her data. Together—collectively—they are engaging in a debate and uncovering knowledge (in this particular case: the relationship between public debt and economic growth).
In the end, it doesn’t matter that the student is a “lowly” graduate student at UMass Amherst and he “took down” two Harvard economics professors. In the most scientific sense, they stood as equals and worked together to solve a problem. The idea that “experts” have superior intellects and should not cooperate if they disagree, is the exact opposite of how science is supposed to work.(via pol102)
i made a thing
uh…. I kinda sorta really want to make this more school appropriate and use it as a review for writing essays…
Kinda sorta love this.
Teaching resumes Monday and Friday. Out of my 40-something students, 4 came last class, and guess what we covered - yup, essay prep. So, guess who wants to forward this along to all the little miss/mister-can’t-be-bothereds.
Welcome to the everyday subconscious of an intellectual.
If they had invented this sooner I bet fewer academics would have died of the drink… just saying - we can be a destructive bunch.
H/T: Tastefully Offensive
Just before lunch I sent an email to Geneva asking for help arranging an interview with the Director-General of certain international organisation.
This interview, in addition to another interview request (pending) with the Secretary-General of another international organisation, will make or break my doctoral thesis and possibly my career in the international civil service.
I.am.quite.sick in the belly.