overheard at the university of chicago

January 22, 2008

you know when something is relevant to you, there’s a tendency to notice references to it more so (if ever) than before?

obviously, attending uofc makes its happenings relevant to me. and for the most part, i try to stay up-to-date. given the school’s substantial (*mostly theoretical) contributions, i can certainly understand why academics (and practitioners*) worldwide would want to do the same.

what i have trouble understanding, however, is why other people seem to be so intrigued with “overhearing” what we uofc’ers have to say. for example, in a recent nytimes article about what to do on a winter day in chicago, a few commenters recommended staking out hydepark coffee shops to “overhear” us students. amidst trivial banter about whether the above ground public transportation system is called the “El” or “L”, best greasy spoons (my interest in the article), and the bitter cold, i guess i can see why listening in on our convos may be interesting.

but, herein lies the problem(s). as one former uofc student commenter said, “don’t expect good conversation: The U of C is not social; you go there to do brilliant work”. i’d also like to add: what makes you eavesdroppers think we’re just going to blab about our “breakthroughs”, a) in public and/or b) to our colleagues? (b) hints at my own biases about uofc (and grad school, in general).

yes, the above rant assumes that “lay persons” want to hear the brainy greatness that is uofc. i confess, i’m not sure why ppl are so interested in overhearing us. is it that you want to hear us mess up, see us act stupid and do dorky things? haha – my friend, just visit my blog for that!

side note: there is a disproportionate # of left-handed ppl (myself included) at UofC.

huff – i guess i should go back through my blog now to delete identifiers… meh, maybe later.

3 Responses to “overheard at the university of chicago”

  1. sandrar Says:

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  2. just.ness Says:

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