Here's a concept: meeting times

Sep 13 2011 Published by under [Education&Careers]

Dear undergraduate population,

Welcome back, I hope your summer was good. Judging from the flurry of emails I have gotten, many of you are ready to hit the ground running. There are also a LOT of you who have chosen one of the majors in our department this year. When y'all were divvied up, my share of the advisees was a career high 55. That's a bunch of you to keep tabs on and it seems that many of you want me to weigh in on your course plan. It's part of the job and I'll do my best to schedule you in.

But you're gonna have to meet me half way here. If we agree on a time to meet, it means that we are both free at that time. I often schedule my day around the meetings I have, and do what I can to take advantage of the longer stretches I have to get writing done. That NIH deadline is looming, yo.

So all I ask is that you actually show up at the time we discussed. Just because you are free earlier and I am in my office, it doesn't mean that it is a good idea to walk in like you are showing up at The Time We Agreed To. While I don't want to be an ass, there's a good chance I'm going to ask you to come back later. Like, at The Time We Agreed To. Because, ya know, it's The Time We Agreed To.

When in doubt, stick to the plan. There's probably a good reason I said I was busy earlier.


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