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The Holy Trinity of Academic Labor 
9th-Nov-2011 09:28 pm
My Wednesday was evenly split between the three mysteries of academic labor: research, teaching, and service.

I spent the morning in the university library, reading other students' submitted doctoral theses and making some hard decisions about the writing up of my own. (Surprised, incidentally, that none of the theses I saw were printed on cotton rag paper.)

I spent the afternoon shadowing my supervisor while he was supervising undergraduates and taking notes on teaching practices. This is a part of a 9-month teacher training course offered by the University.

Finally, I spent the evening doing odd jobs related to my position as Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association. I emailed the BSA office, emailed my fellow convenors (way too many emails, to be honest!), and hung posters advertising the annual conference all around the department and so-called Graduate Attic.

It was a ten hour work day, no joke. And of course I'm also in Week 4 of my Monster Cold and am now coughing till I see stars while I type.

In sum? Just another ordinary day in the life.
10th-Nov-2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Pardon me but why would they be printed on cotton rag paper? To last longer?

Take care of yourself. That cough sounds painful.
10th-Nov-2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
A copy of my undergraduate honors thesis was deposited in the library, and in that case it was a rule that it had to be printed on archival paper, i.e. cotton rag paper. You'd think Cambridge would be even more anal, but apparently not.
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