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The Last Week - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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The Last Week
Monday, the doctoral student I advise passed his qualifying exam with the proverbial flying colors, using the techniques I imparted to him to excellent effect. Tuesday, another advisee passed her M.A. exam. She also made good use of my advice on how to handle the pressure of the event. Wednesday, I spent the five hours before teaching meeting with a series of students I mentor, all of whom had produced better thinking than I would have expected when I first encountered them. Thursday, I held office hours all day after getting up at 5am, managing not to lose the thread of my ritual advice-giving. And today, Friday, the two students whose Honors theses I directed this semester presented their work at the Department's end-of-year reception to much acclaim while a third student, who had delayed turning in her thesis from last spring, came to see me, pleased that I'd continued to work with her during a difficult time and relieved to have finally completed the requirements for her degree. I'm exhausted, but also proud of the work my students have done and, a rarity for me, of the work I did helping them to realize their potential.

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tommix From: tommix Date: May 10th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Speed would solve all of that.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
With a valium to help the bash in the wee hours of the morning.
e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: May 10th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Your week sounds not entirely unlike mine. But, different, I know.

Still, though, that feeling of pride in the work of your students, and in yourself too, is good.

Edited at 2008-05-10 05:53 am (UTC)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Your week sounded even more hectic!

It's nice to feel that sense of pride.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: May 10th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Such naches! Yay Charlie!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks!

(Also, I've been craving nachos since you posted this comment, which I recognize as a culturally insensitive response. But it's the time of year here when the craving for salt turns us all into deer looking for a place to lick.)
chefxh From: chefxh Date: May 11th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
*laugh out loud*
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I never understood the mania for margaritas until I moved here. Already, I'm contemplating the use of canned anchovies in another dish.
chefxh From: chefxh Date: May 11th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We have an event called International Night tomorrow. Three buffets: Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Caribbean. Yesterday two students who work for me spent hours building 500 polpone: meatballs flattened, with a slice of fresh tomato on top, then a slice of fresh mozzarella, and two anchovy fillets crossed on top.
jakemacalister From: jakemacalister Date: May 10th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I heart lit. advisors (AND MENTORS) like you. They are most often rare. When I get to my exams (and although I am enrolled in a different school) could we discuss how to handle them? I just want to underscore that as a student you are awesome.

J
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sure. And, yes, they are more rare than they should be.
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: May 10th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think the university system could use a good deal more faculty as conscientious and caring as yourself.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: May 10th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So true! cbertsch is awesome.

(and it made me really happy to read this post, Charlie)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, that means a lot coming from one of my most successful students ever!
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: May 11th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh you're too kind.

It's 1pm and I haven't even started working yet. ARGH.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Still, there's no denying the facts. Short of repression, I mean. . .

:-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It depends what they want to achieve, I suppose. I sure wish that they would look at someone like me and say, "We need more of that."
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, from my perspective as a former student of a university, I wish there had been more like you.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
::smiling::
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: May 11th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That was me, by the way.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I figured. Thanks!
bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: May 11th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
congrats :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 11th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you. It felt good, even though I was exhausted by Friday.
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