Trying to contact potential grad advisors has been really nerve wracking. All of my emails are starting to sound like some variation on the following:
hey I think you’re pretty cool and I am a big fan of your work. plz, plz check out this neat CV I put together and maybe think about emailing me back. did i mention i think you’re really cool?? the coolest, actually. love those ethnobotanical papers. greaaaat stuff.
did i mention that i am willing to work at strange hours, all hours, all the time?? also, here is some shady research i made all by myself *holds up a shitty map drawn in crayon* did i mention i really like plants—like, a socially unacceptable amount?? i am going to get evicted from my apartment because i have so many fuckin’ plants and also my electricity bill is crazy because of all these lights and fans
hahahaha whaaaaat? rogue, cross-genera breeding experiments?? what do you take me for, a mad scientist?
i can be a mad scientist if that’s what your department is looking for, though. are you guys looking for a mad scientist? look no further, friend.
(Oh lord, I am never getting accepted at this rate. Lord.)
With family for the weekend, camping on my work laptop like a nerd waiting for an assignment that will more than likely never come.
Cannot collect overtime or comp. But can’t sleep either.
These shitheads cheat disgracefully at cards. Both Ivan and Paolo are equally awful and complain theatrically when they catch the other sneaking a peek at their hand. They gamble a bit but usually break even, so it’s all in good fun. All that chump change goes towards booze anyway…
If Charlie ever caught these two cheating so obviously she’d smack the hell out of them. If you’re going to be sneaky, do it right!
World building Wednesday on the art blog…
Sick, but not contagious enough and way too busy to justify staying home.
The eternal dilemma.
I’ve given up trying to correct people.
People can’t seem to get Lonsdale right.
all the ch’s forever instead of k
Silva, not Sylvia
Bianco, not Bianca
(spanish here, we get two last names)
You would not believe how many times people have gotten ‘Maiden’ out of ‘Madden’.
just because you see the letters h a m does not mean you have to say HAM
people always pronounce my last name “Hahner” like “Hannah” (fair enough, easy mistake to make…) but then it’s like they get confused and think my first name is also Hannah?? What so my name is Hannah Hannah is it
Yeah, no one ever knows how to spell my last name for some reason. And a lot of people try to pronounce it a lot fancier than it’s actually pronounced. It’s “breck-il” not “breck-elle”. It’s German and not fancy at all.
Welsh names run the gamut from ‘help there are no vowels’ to ‘lets summon a demonic familiar’ but c’mon man, Bryn is not hard.
My coworkers still call me Brian when they want to be irritating. And that’s why you never tell people your middle name.