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Next step, apply for scholarships. - Tactical Ninja

May. 16th, 2013

09:53 am - Next step, apply for scholarships.

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Thank you to all the people who congratulated me last night. I feel like a bit of a knob replying to a heap of comments with "Thank you!" over and over again, so instead I'll do it here. THANK YOU!

Of course, I made the mistake of reading the comments on this article about graduation this morning. Thank you, haters. And because I'm not about to wade into Stuff comments, I would just like to respond here to get this off my chest. To the person who wrote this comment:

""WHY IS MY GENERIC ARTS DEGREE WHICH I PASSED WITH A C AVERAGE NOT GETTING ME 1 MILLION A YEAR STRAIGHT OUT OF UNI JOHN KEY."
-Every whining student, 2013"


Please kiss my straight-A getting, top tax bracket (thanks to my Arts degree) arse. Thank you.


Seen on the way to work this morning:





Damn those irresponsible graduates and their foam-in-the-fountain traditions!

So apparently 2400 or so people are graduating this week. I counted folks crossing the stage (actually I cheated cos I had a programme) yesterday, and there were 264 Arts Bachelors, 90 or so Arts (Hons), 20ish Masters, and 6 PhDs. If the ceremony yesterday evening (which was also Humanities) is the same, then we're looking at less than a third of the degrees conferred being in the Humanities. So I'm not sure why there's this perception that Arts graduates are a dime a dozen.

Sadly, the Chancellor made reference to this in his speech. I know that his intention was to counter the general view that Arts is a fluffy degree with little value, but unfortunately he did it by spending a fair bit of time talking about how important the STEM subjects are, and how even people graduating with STEM degrees are sometimes choosing to do Arts as a second degree, and how Arts is just as important as STEM.

To me, that felt somewhat akin to the guy at the Forest who told tieke and me in all sincerity that he believed women are just as intelligent as men.

However, despite my wishing he'd just shut up about STEM and talk about the value of the degrees we were getting in their own right, I was surprisingly moved by the whole thing, and overall it was a pretty good speech. I was also a bit taken up in the ritual aspect. You know that bit where they tell you you're allowed to dress up your academic dress with representative items from your culture? I was thinking about that and I realised that the academic dress is my culture. What with it having come from England and all, and then I got to thinking about the history of all that stuff and the idea of wandering around stone hallways dressed like a bat, and well, I had a moment.

And then I got a bit bored, because Long Ceremony is Long. Also, the hood is entirely impractical, because it won't fit over the silly hat, and the silk lining makes it fall off all the time. Yes I tried, why do you ask?

So now it's done, I've got my bit of goatskin, and I promise the people who sat through all that on my behalf that I won't ask you to do it again for a really long time. Next time I'll be wearing an even sillier hat. But I am quite looking forward to the bit where the Chancellor reads out the short description of my doctorate topic on stage. Yup.


Last night I dreamed that I talked my way onto a plane that had been chartered to take gay couples to be married in Palmerston North, using only my driver's licence - only to discover that I was actually supposed to be getting in the car to go visit Tinkering Josh in the Hutt instead, and everyone had gone without me. Wut.

Also last night, at handbalancing I kept my handstand unassisted for about 30 seconds, and it felt solid. I also managed to tuck up into a free handstand for the first time ever. Beginner class was a good idea - there are no assumptions being made about what I already know, so I'm getting some good basic tutelage that I wish I'd had when I started doing this. Maybe by this Christmas I'll be able to press?

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From:tatjna
Date:May 15th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I am particularly interested in the Gratuitous Decelerator and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

But I also get the feeling Palmerston North would've been quite a fun place to be, just saying.
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From:pombagira
Date:May 15th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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those pesky students with their entertaining bubbles


*smirks*

there were comments about it this morning at work..


*smirks more*
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From:tatjna
Date:May 15th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
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I am sure the fountain will be very clean. O.o
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 15th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Given that you and Rob have pretty similar academic marks, I think you stand a damn good chance of getting scholarship(s) if you want them (and maybe jumping straight into a phd if you want to go that route).


I was also grring at the Chancellor's backhanded comment (especially given Rob's topic)...


P.s. did you notice the bit where it says your goatskin is going to last for 500 years...now that's quality.
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 15th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
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your goatskin is going to last for 500 years

So, YoT's great grandchildren will be able to point to it and say proudly "my great-great-grand-mama earned that by shearing sheep in her spare time" - kewl!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 15th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
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I did! I was all "But how will I know if it really did last 500 years!?!"

;-)
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From:richdrich
Date:May 16th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
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None of the (admittedly unscientific sample of) recent science grads I know have got jobs that use their degree, or any chance of such a job. The only grads I know who get relevant jobs are those with vocation quals like teaching or computer science.

Which also means that with grads doing the entry level jobs like shop assistant or office junior, the school leavers can't get jobs at all.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 16th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
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Yerp. Mah offspring recognises that tune. He's all "This is entry level. Do these people not understand that 'entry level' means 'entry to the workforce' not 'has significant relevant experience already'?"

He is unimpressed by the number of graduate baristas in this town.
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From:m_danson
Date:May 16th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Speaking as a STEM person... I sometimes also get sick of STEM talks too because they seem to lump us all together into this amorphous thing as if all STEM were the same and all Arts were the same.

Is your degree really on goat skin?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 16th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
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It says it's goatskin parchment and guaranteed to last 500 years. It looks and feels like paper, but it's got imperfections in it and a watermark with a picture of a goat.

It doesn't smell like paper, either. I looked at the website of the people who probably make it, and that wasn't a lot of help, except to say that it has a high cotton (rag?) content as well. So I'm not sure, but every site I looked at did say that goatskin parchment is really made of goatskin. O.o
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From:pundigrion
Date:May 28th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
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Bubbles! Wheee!
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