Intrepid Girl Reporter


Monday, 11/9: the earth looks better from the stars
November 9, 2009, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Good Brown Daughters (GBDs), life progress

Airports are such lonely places – sometimes I can’t fathom how I ever loved flying so much – but I will say this: there is an undeniable thrill about flying down into a city, which, from the dark, looks like a maze of lights, like it could have anything. Robots or magic monkeys or cable cars run entirely by elves. Which is why the runway, and everything after, is such a letdown. Good thing coming home feels so good.

As I continue my graduate school search, I am continually reminded of an exchange from 30 Rock (I certainly am pop-culture happy lately) that seems off-and-on relevant.

Jack: We might not be the best people.

Liz: But we’re not the worst!

Jack and Liz (in unison): Graduate students are the worst.

Today I visited a very good school and had an interview with a really nice, down-to-earth guy, and then I attended a very small info session with another really nice, seemingly very grounded girl. They struck me as intellectually curious, engaged, and eager to make a meaningful contribution to the human race. About the people who attended the information session with me, however, I can generally not be so charitable. Said one girl, who had experience working for a state legislator, “I have experience with public policy on the state level, but I’ve always wanted to work on the international level…Everyone here seems to have a very specific work background. Is (school) okay for people like me, without that sort of background?” The session leader started to explain, “Well, on your application, you are going to want to demonstrate some sort of focus -” after which the girl cut in and said, “Oh, no, I’m not worried about getting in, because I have international experience.” And I was like, I’m glad you’re not worried, have fun being the only one on that island. Another guy was doing research for the Fed in Dallas and booked it halfway through the info session because, as he informed us coolly, “I have another meeting at Harvard.” Bully for you, buddy. I know part of this is reflective of my own inferiority complex re: not having a traditional background or working for someplace well-known. Also, handling more snot and communicable diseases in a week than most people see in a year. Still, however, I find myself deeply annoyed by a lot of these people.

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