I am pissed that my generation got that stupid added writing section, that they're taking out now. Also, I got an 800 on the Critical Reading (is it still called that, or did they go back to Verbal?) which I flaunted in the face of the rich kids who paid for classes (I skimmed a Princeton Review book, mostly for the new writing section, since I wanted to know what to expect on that.) The GRE was the dumbest test I ever took. The math was easier than the math on the SAT, and I didn't take a single math class in college. Also, what English grad program is going to give a shit about my ability to do math? I can't remember my score (it was respectable, though I was disappointed not to pull out a perfect one again), but then again I never went to grad school and have zero plans to. But seriously, I took zero multiple choice tests in college, and I'm pretty sure by grad school they expect more of you (research!). I feel like these tests measure nothing than how good the College Board is at getting money.
My mother was smart enough not to buy them, but of course, since I never got to eat them, one of the first things I did when I was out on my own was buy a pizza lunchable (ooh, fancay!) and have my excitement evaporate halfway through when I realized I was eating rubbery shredded cheese and cold, ketchupy sauce on top of what was essentially a giant cracker. At least the Capri Sun was legit.
I'm not surprised there's only two Chicago joints on the list--ime, most Yelpers in my hometown are whiners who focus on ethnic foods they don't understand. And I'm including French as an ethnicity, here.
@bgprincipessa And so is Hawaii! Which is even more impressive, considering it's fairly small.
@aesir Your comment and deedee's up thread make me so glad I went to a liberal arts school. Wasn't cheap, but I think I got what I paid for (& am still paying for, yay loans). Though it was about 20 grand cheaper than Duke! And my biggest scholarship was endowed by some alums, not paid for by my fellow students.
@Meaghano If dealing with difficult people meant you got a higher salary, then retail & foodservice would have some of the best-paying jobs in the world, instead of working for commission & tips. (The poorly-paid, zero-job-security adjuncts also deal with undergrads directly, and if they do wind up dealing with parents chances are it's the awful helicopter ones.) I think admins can do great work, but pretty much any job dealing with people is going to suck at times (or a lot of the time). That's just the nature of the beast.
@Sarah Rain@facebook It's not about the snow (Chicago's pretty good at plowing), it's about the record crazy cold this past year.
Yes, I know this isn't the point of the article, but: How was the whole "bike to work" thing this past December & January? (For that matter, most Julys?)
@Marissa I saw the third Matrix movie in IMAX for a boy. My friend talked me into it by claiming that I could just make out with him the whole time so it wouldn't matter if the movie was terrible. Said friend had no idea how shy either one of us were. But that boy & I did get to watch her make out with her boyfriend, then dodge her punches the following Monday at school when we both joked about how many kissing scenes were in the movie.
You don't get to be a musician without a lot of repetition (that's what practice is), so that's a group that probably self-selects for people who don't mind repetition. (Bear in mind that if you're earning a living as a musician, let alone the big bucks of pop stars, you are way ahead of the game and generally really happy to be repeating the same songs instead of, say, repeating the day's specials to each table in your section. Also, an academic who has to repeat class policies several times a day sounds like an academic teaching a full load of classes! If you can expect similar repetition for years, you may just be tenure-track! That sounds way less demoralizing than adjuncting, though you would definitely face less repetition without a permanent position. I like repetition. It correlates well with gainful employment and improving skills. If teachers have to repeat themselves, I would say that's less "Fordist labor processes" and more "how the human mind learns."