On Going Above and Beyond Doesn't Help You

@HelloTheFuture I come in about 1 Saturday a month to catch up on things I haven't gotten around to (because I was too busy talking to my students, but that's part of my job). I actually really LOVE coming in on Saturday because it's just me in this giant building and I can get stuff DONE without anyone bugging me (including my husband). It's nice alone time. Maybe I'm a little warped.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm 0

On Going Above and Beyond Doesn't Help You

Our reviews are scaled 1-5 and managers aren't supposed to give 5s at all and very rarely are supposed to give 4s. If you get below a 3, you have to go on a performance plan, but that's not really a problem I have. They also lay off the people who get under 3 first. They did this last year and a bunch of people sued the university...because they sucked at their job? That part made little sense to me; it's not like they didn't have a warning that they weren't performing well. My manager gave me all 5s and one 4 this year because he wanted to recognize how awesome I am in SOME way, since there's no extra money involved. We don't get bonuses because there's a freeze on them, so reviews are actually meaningless in my organization except for the layoff thing, which shouldn't happen next year.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm 0

On Help, a Direct Mailing For a Cleaning Service Actually Worked On Me And I'm Worried It Will Ruin My Relationship

This is the best thing I've read all day, even compared to the synopsis of a very violent version of The Notebook my former coworker sent me. My sweet husband does literally all the cleaning, all the laundry, all the dishes, etc. Sometimes I ask him if he wants help, but he says no so... that means I'm off the hook in every way except crushing guilt. I've thought about getting a cleaning person once we're done with the loan, but the husband is against those, too. There's no winning!

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm 0

On The Real World Cost of a $22 Gadget

I wouldn't mind reclining seats in my space so much if I weren't 5' 9" and mostly leg. My poor knees always end up bruised because someone reclined their seat without telling me, so I get banged in the knees.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:20 am 1

On The Earning Potential of a Liberal Arts Degree

I've been out of college 6 years and regret doing a liberal arts major pretty much every day. That being said, I also had NO idea what I wanted to do while I was in college, I just knew that I struggled with school, especially math, so I avoided the hard stuff at all costs (I am the WORST student).

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:17 am 0

On The Earning Potential of a Liberal Arts Degree

@chickpeas akimbo Yeah, seconded. Though... I mean, the Chronicle is kind of the gossip rag of higher ed. No one I know in academia actually takes it that seriously.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:15 am 0

On How It Feels to Pay Off $70,000 in Debt

@erinep It's kind of been a stop/start kind of thing. The student loans, the $27,000, will have taken 1 year and 4 months to pay off (in 2 separate bursts, one in 4 months last year for $10k and $17000 in 2014). Everything else just kind of happened as we went along making normal payments or whatever.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm 0

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

Wow, this looks downright reasonable compared to my insurance. I think I looked out of curiosity (because G-d knows I'm not having a kid) and a C-section for me was going to be something like $8,000 even after the insurance's part. My insurance isn't really built for maternity stuff, which I'm totally fine with and it's why I chose it out of the three options I have.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm 0

On How It Feels to Pay Off $70,000 in Debt

Oh this was so, so, so good to read. THANK YOU! We're set to pay off what amounts to $37,000 worth of debt (car, medical, and student loan) by the end of the year, at which point we'll be completely debt free. We're working on the last of the student loan debt ($27,000, which is admittedly not $70,000) total and it's kind of freaking me out a little bit because I don't know what to do with that money once we don't owe anything to anyone. What an amazing thing you've accomplished! So proud of you and great work!

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm 0

On How (Some) Women Dress For Work

I work with mostly undergrad students in an environment where we try to be as non-threatening as possible, which means we're business casual at best and jeans are totally acceptable. I wear mostly dresses because I'm more comfortable in them, I'm more comfortable slightly dressing up, and also I have to dress older than I am, otherwise I get asked what year I am. My guy bosses wear button downs and jeans/khakis most of the time, and my only girl boss varies between white eyelet bustiers/Jack Daniels t-shirts and very structured business dresses...

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm 1