This past February, the New York Times Sunday Styles section held a college essay contest centered on the topic of modern collegiate romance — a phenomenon increasingly characterized by navigations of emotional meaning in the wake ever-advancing digitization of relationships. From over 1400 meditations and reflections on this theme, one winner, four runners-up, and an additional five notable mentions were selected, including a piece by Wes’s own Lindsay Abrams ’12. Considering the volume of submissions, that’s a feat worthy of some big ups indeed.
A list of other distinguished submitters can be found at the link above. The winning entry, written by Caitlin Dewey of Syracuse University, is available for your perusal in the NYT Styles section; a list of participating institutions can be found here. Happy reading, y’all.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently had a couple of articles on long-distance interviews. As with pretty much every other industry, institutions of higher education are now conducting fewer face-to-face interviews than ever. Instead, they’re increasingly using telephone calls and even Skype. As many of us already know, not all faculty members are at ease with modern technology, so a Skype conference call can be a nerve-wracking challenge. Not for tech-savvy Claire Potter, however, who blogs over at Tenured Radical:
Claire Potter, a professor of history and American studies at Wesleyan University, was thinking along those lines [the lines of being aware of what’s in the background—and using that to your advantage] when she had a Skype interview in February for a dean’s position. “I set the scene as if I were on the Lehrer NewsHour,” she says. “I assembled a group of books from my research and put them right behind me.” She also wore a button-down shirt, a jacket, and some earrings, but since the camera only pictured her only from the waist up, she could wear her comfortable blue jeans.
So seniors, you know who to go to be like a boss. Good luck trying to get the internet to work if you have a Skype interview on campus though.