i have a computer science and creative writing background, and i've worked in lab/studio management at a photo program for a while. i've also been doing history and anthropology coursework in an unofficial postbac/predoc kinda way, and considering real grad school in the next few years.
my interests are identity construction/boundary making, knowledge systems, land/environment usage; i enjoy being a generalist, though, so i'm stoked to hear about what y'all do!
aggresive donation solicitations
wow, i really wish there was a way to opt out of the continuous flow of emails from the university about how, as someone who is employed by the university, i really should consider giving them money for all these great new initiatives coming down the line.
i already did; it's called tuition, which i paid in full as an undergraduate here!!
silly lab joke
i should start telling people i manage developers as part of my work
like, i keep them organized and clearly labeled in a locked cabinet and wear the proper safety gear when handling them, and ensure that they are diluted at the correct temperature and then stored in containers that minimize oxidation
i've been managing developers for over a decade, hire me for your startup
one time my boss borrowed eating implements from me and when he was washing them to give them back i caught him putting them down in the lab sink where all the chemicals go and then washing them
i refused to take them back bc of personal safety and he got confused and felt bad, and tried to justify that because he washed them with soap and water it should be fine
buuuut that's beyond my personal risk margin, i'm around this shit all day long, i gotta minimize contact when i can
taking breaks is self-care
for a while i was trying to push out at least one thing every calendar year because i felt this pressure to not have gaps on my cv, but also i was comparing myself to peers who do art closer to full-time; it was getting in the way of things that are also important to me, like having adventures and getting enough sleep every night.
i need this semester off to readjust my focus, so i'm just doing my dayjob and nesting in the new house and having some small adventures.
taking breaks is self-care
a student asked me if i'm taking classes this semester and i said no, then asked if i'm working on any photo projects and i said not really, and i said i'm taking at least the semester to reset for some downtime. after a short pause, the student remarked on how that's refreshing to hear, and that productivity culture is bullshit, and i said there's no rule that says you have to do everything constantly.
i'm glad i have a life that let's me take these breaks.
is anyone going to the american #anthropology annual meeting in vancouver this year? i'm extremely unlikely to attend but i read about a dog-based ethnography panel happening and it's highly intriguing to me, i am hoping someone goes to it so i can hear about it afterwards :3
anyway undergrads are precious especially in the first week of the fall semester, yesterday, someone who i gave a tour to as a prospective student in the hazy past just dropped into my office to link up with us again and i was very pleased
but also, take it easy, everyone, it's only the first week of class, don't overcommitt yourselves already!!!
meeting new students
this semester, on top of my usual collection of PSAs and announcements to new students when introducing myself to classes, i have also thrown in 'if you think you need to change your major but aren't sure if your parents will accept you' as a sample of additional random advice i will offer n_n
(previously, i have offered 'if you're about to break up with someone but want to talk through it first')