Tip for surviving major life crises

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Here is a helpful hint on how to survive a series of life crises: Turn your classmates from enemies, into friends!

By nature, your classmates are your mortal enemies. As my grade 12 geometry teacher once told me with a straight face, “It is in your best interest for your peers to do poorly.” Your relationship with your classmates is like an academic version of Hobbes’ State of Nature—a war of all against all, which of course, explains why so many academics are nasty brutish and short. It’s a bad joke, I know, but who can resist making a “nasty brutish and short” joke when discussing Hobbes? Every course of study is a zero-sum game, and every mark your classmate gets is one that you didn’t get. Remember that, next time you see a classmate.

However, contrary to these commonly-held intuitions, it is possible to make friends with your classmates. And I think I have done it. :)

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-477,
    title = {Tip for surviving major life crises},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-11-27,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/27/tip-for-surviving-major-life-crises/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Tip for surviving major life crises" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 27 Nov 2009. Web. 10 Dec 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/27/tip-for-surviving-major-life-crises/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Nov 27). Tip for surviving major life crises [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/27/tip-for-surviving-major-life-crises/

Signposting

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Something that one of my students drew for me

Something that one of my students drew for me

Being a TA is one of the best parts of grad school. In the class that I’m a TA for, the first essay of the year was due last Monday. I guess I must have done a good job emphasising good “signposting” in essay-writing in my conferences, because this week, one of my students came up to me and handed me this hand-drawn cartoon that she made while writing her essay.

Some of the other grad students say I should put it up somewhere in the philosophy grad student office.

By the way, I do realise that it’s been over a month since I posted last. Sorry guys! My life is pretty complicated right now, and I don’t want to blog about it yet, because there are people who I need to talk to in person, before I start letting the whole world know what’s up with me. I expect that sometime this week, I will resume regular posting again.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-459,
    title = {Signposting},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-10-31,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/10/31/signposting/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Signposting" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 31 Oct 2009. Web. 10 Dec 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/10/31/signposting/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Oct 31). Signposting [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/10/31/signposting/

Thomson house

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This is Thomson House, the grad students' building

This is Thomson House, the grad students' building

As a graduate student at McGill, I have access to Thomson House, a building set aside for the use of grad students. You can go there and get relatively cheap meals. Also there is a pub, a ballroom and offices for the Graduate Students society at McGill. It’s pretty nifty. I went there for lunch with a professor yesterday, to talk about details regarding my TA-ship.

I’m really looking forward to being TA this year. The prof has given me a lot of freedom in the way that I run my “conferences,” which is what they call “tutorials” here at McGill. It looks like I’ll have two sections and I won’t be required to go to the class, except for the days on which the essays are assigned.

The prof said that he has had uniformly good experiences with bioethics students as TA’s in the past, which is good – it just means that I have to live up to his expectations, now! :|

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-342,
    title = {Thomson house},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-2,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/02/thomson-house/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Thomson house" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 02 Sep 2009. Web. 10 Dec 2018. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/02/thomson-house/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 02). Thomson house [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/02/thomson-house/

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