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YellowBrickRoad: is "Clueless in Academia" a book, article, what?  I can't find a book by that title, but I did hear something about it in relation to Anna Ivey and then a conversation about Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind with Gerald Graff.  Was that the work to which you referred?

1) answer the damn question that was asked (imply an "Explain your reasoning." to the end of any question)

This statement pretty much applies to life.  If you don't answer the question asked, the asker will think either a) he/she is hiding something, b) he/she does not know the answer AT ALL, or, c) he/she is too dumb to understand what the question is asking. 

I'm a 0L but a grad student, and I have graded short answer quiz questions (20 kids per lab, three labs per week) every semester, including summers, for the last three years.  BY FAR my biggest pet peeve was when the answer bore absolutely no relationship to the question asked. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Opening a new savings account
« on: May 18, 2008, 05:14:01 PM »
I like ING a lot.  I haven't yet had to deal with customer service, so I can't speak to that aspect of it.  I do appreciate their multiple layers of security.  Also, they do not have a minimum balance or transfer limits, which I definitely take advantage of.  Usually, whenever I move money over to the account, something comes up and I need it again.  I guess that's just the way things go.  I have not tried any other on-line banking/investing tools, though, apart from the bill pay that comes with my b&m checking account, so I don't have much basis for comparison.

well, I'm procrastinating finishing my Master's thesis AND packing to move home in less than three weeks, so let me see what I can dish out . . . .

1. What do you think you did "right" in 1L? 
2. What do you think you did ok, but could have done better?
3. Where did you go way, way wrong, and why?

Trust me, more will be coming soon as I have a meeting with my major professor and procrastination tends to peak before those.

paid or unpaid?  ft or pt?

I like the Greek system in concept (sisterhood, brotherhood, lifelong friendships, etc.), but I am not so impressed with what I have seen in practice.  Of course, I have a couple of friends that have been in sororities, and I hear it varies widely by campus and also by house, so who knows. 

Anyway, I have nothing against the swoop, as long as it's an expression of the person's style and not just something she does to fit in with everyone else.  Sort of like the empire-waist craze that seems to be (thankfully!) fading away: that was a terrible look for about 99% of the girls who wore it (unless the goal was to look pregnant), but that's all I saw on certain types of girls when they went out.  That's more what I have a problem with.  Then again, the swoop seems to be pretty flattering on most people, so maybe that's why it's so popular!

yeah, I couldn't narrow it down any more than that.

but no, the middle part does not look good on most people.  there are variations of side parts, however, and it does seem that a lot of southern young women favor the dramatic side part as opposed to the more moderate side part.  I have to say, I'd do it if I could, but my hair just won't cooperate so I have to go with the more boring off-center version.

TA = teaching assistant.  I had a lot of students from a variety of backgrounds in my classes over a period of several years.  By "freakish" I meant to convey that there seems to be much more conformity among students here (particularly those in the Greek system) than I remember at my UG, which had an almost non-existent Greek system and was in New England.  by conformity I meant that I often had trouble learning students' names, because of their tendency to dress in a very similar manner, do their hair in very similar styles, and carry similar accessories.  Students who did stand out (in appearance) usually were not involved in the Greek system.  so that is my experience.  and yes, you do see conformity in a lot of different places, but I have lived in the Midwest, New England, and the South, and my observation is that I have seen the most uniformity (to use a different word) of dress and style here than in the other regions in which I live.  now, maybe it's just that that particular group of people tends to be more fashion-conscious and adhere more carefully to fashion trends, I don't know. 

Actually, I was a TA at a large southern U and I got a pretty good slice of the population in my class.  I'm speaking from experience.  But maybe my U is wildly different than others?  I sort of doubt it . . . .

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