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“The Student Worker” Week 1

To kick off a new semester, although I realize that it’s February and I’m incredibly behind, I thought I’d post up some things about my student job in the Humanities department. This is truly preparing me for a job as a minumum wage secretary when I graduate; at least I know that I’ll have the skills.

Furthermore, I don’t know what’s so bad about being a secretary; I find it quite amusing. It’s sad that the general public “looks down” on those that take this sort of job. I feel like I’m doing internal public relations for the English Department.

 To begin my Thursday afternoon, a three hour shift, I finished a newsletter that I had due later that day; that took me less than 20 minutes($2.42.)

Then I looked around the office, trying to make myself useful.

I then discovered that the paperclip holder was, unfortunately, empty.

For the next 30 minutes ($3.62), I meticulously shoved both “jumbo-smooth” paperclips and “small-smooth” paperclips into the magnetic top of the paper clip holder because someone had taped the top shut.

 

 

 

The next 30 minutes ($3.62) of my shift I spent making a sign for the writing center drop box.

Many of those over the age of 45 didn’t get it. However, it did make students at least notice the drop box. (How this corny phrasing has affected the influx of completed surveys I’ve yet to find out.)

After making 20 copies of a poem on spring garden green paper, I talked to a favorite proffessor for an hour ($7.25) about poetry and mortgages.

I then spent the remainder of my time on making the new dry-earase calendar for March. March, yes, I did say March. For a college student, it’s impossible to conceptualize March; gasps and groans flowed freely from passers-by when considering all of the pages that much be read and written before then.

After removing the old calendar from the board, I flipped it over to find the yearly calendar for 2003.

 It’s more difficult to conceptualize 2003 than March ($0.00).

 That was my 3 hour shift. Regardless of all the silly tasks I perform for the department, I like to think of this situation from my shift today.

 I went to deliver something to the floor below and ended up getting stuck talking to fellow English Majors in the hallway for 10 minutes ($1.20).

When I apologized to my boss for taking so long, she said, “It’s alright. There’s not much happening here. It’s like PR for the department if you’re out there.”

 

 

 

 

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The Progression of Passion: “Liberating Voices” Response

At Belmont University’s Humanities Symposium “Liberating Voices,” I got the oppurtunity to assist with and attend the Maya Angelou event last night. As a department, we’ve talked about the concept of liberating voices as a whole. Abstract ideas have been thrown around and greater concepts explored; I could talk all day long about race, religion, and gender being liberated though literature and poetry. However, as a middle-class white woman, I rarely just want to explore concepts of feminism (which is apparently the only thing I’m allowed to write about in this society because I am considered far too privileged, an idea that I will rant about another day.)  Honestly, feminism has been done. I am woman; hear me roar. It’s boring. Here’s a little something I wrote in a different light.

The Progression of Passion (The Value in Multiple Sclerosis)


Family Literacy Day Planning Committee: Monday Blues

In the cold, gray room that masqueraded as a Speech Lab at Belmont University, the Planning Committee for Family Literacy Day met for the first time.
With the energetic Kate leading the meeting, responses weren’t as joyful as I would have hoped. This may be simply because it was Monday, and the awkward weather discrepancies leave one wondering whether to bundle on up in scarves and tights or throw on a tank top.

Regardless of many melancholy mumbles of agreement to choose a committee, it did give me the opportunity to sweep in to head up the PR, Promotion & Publicity committee for FLD 2012 (tentative date? March 29th).

In early planning, we need lots of volunteers, and when I say volunteers, I mean energetic volunteers, happy volunteers, or at least, caffeinated volunteers. Whether out of the goodness of your heart or out of the deep desperate desire to put something attractive on your résumé, volunteer. It will be good for you.

Last year’s event was beautiful! Read about it; then write to me if you’d like to help out!

Because seriously, we need some more pep.