Tuesday, September 29, 2009

We interrupt your regularly scheduled studying

If you're not sure why your toes are curling, inexplicably bracing for a week of unusually half-assed blogging, it's because I have a killer exam coming up on Monday. Hence, blogging is taking a backseat when it comes to precious commodities like... time.

This morning, I caved to peer pressure and skipped my bollocks community health lecture to go study in the library. I rather dislike studying in libraries. On the one hand, there's virtually nothing to do but stare at your books, which makes me very agitated. Meanwhile, you need to be quiet and hungry, and every once in awhile someone will come along and try to boot you from your study room. On the other hand, you're with other people, and they still make noise. When I close my eyes to think, head pounding from all the knowledge I'm trying to absorb by osmosis, I occasionally become unpleasantly aware of all the fidgeting, page flipping, whispering, and heavy breathing that other stressed out students are doing. Shucks.

Seven hours in the library were modestly productive and left me with a splitting headache. I was trapped downtown rather than procrastinating at home in my pyjamas because of an inconvenient club meeting for the University of Toronto Medical Journal (UTMJ) that was scheduled for the evening.

I had signed up as a Graphics Editor, which had sounded immediately exciting to me. After all, I had done a lot of layout work and photomanipulation in my time. However, as the meeting got started, I slowly began to realize that I had made a mistake. The Graphics editorial team was not a layout team, but rather an artistic design team. Now, under normal conditions, where the club was composed entirely of medical students, this would be fine. I could probably hit par in artistic talent with most of my classmates. However, the Graphics team, with the exception of myself, was composed entirely of Biomedical Communications students. The role of the team was not to play around with photos and create pretty layouts... it was to generate high quality original art, and these people were students who were being trained so that they could go out into the world and be paid to do just that - for textbooks, for websites, for scholarly journals. I did not belong here. As the heavy talking about what would be required continued, I sank back ever farther into my chair. What had I gotten myself into? I assumed my typical attentive position, one hand tucked neatly under my chin. I reached my thumb backwards to palpate my carotid pulse. Thump. Thump. Thump. It was bounding.

At the end of the meeting, I scampered up to the Editors-in-Chief, red in the face from embarrassment, and confessed that I had misunderstood the role and was probably not a good match for the team. Luckily, they were understanding enough to shuffle me to a more suitable role (so I hadn't spent my day in the library for nothing). In passing, one of the editors added, "Yeah, when I saw you applied for Graphics Editor, I was like, Wow, Andy's really taking a leap here, he must be some intense graphics guy." Well, he had the first part right, anyways.

10 comments:

Riona55 said...

what's your new position?

sorry for dragging you out of class, but you knew we both had to study!

Joyce said...

LOL! /pat
i was lazy and decided not to join UTMJ in my first year...

(And i hate studying at libraries for i, too, become acutely aware of all the fidgeting and such...)

Jerry said...

To put this delicately...

At the meeting with the Biomedical Communication students, who are somewhat artsy students...did you have to check your watch for the time?...if you know what i mean :D

And if so...what time was it?

(I require a reply on this one lol and I'll be checking off that checkbox below to make sure I get an e-mail about it :D)

a_ndy said...

@Jerry: For the most part the meeting was pretty boring for the first seven minutes, although there was one person who said something interesting at about seven and a half.

shirls said...

So that's how you feel about community health...

I'm not much of a library person either. A rather like studying in my room despite all the distractions. lol

Riona55 said...

that was the only interesting comment during the entire meeting eh? I'm rather disappointed.

a_ndy said...

@Riona: I'm trying to decide whether you're being cheeky or not...

Riona55 said...

i was

brutalturtle.blogspot.com said...

at least you have pajamas.

sandlot said...

Gasp! Out of all classes you skip community health?! Sigh.

btw LIBRARIES ARE AMAZING! You just haven't found the right library/floor/area/corner/desk.

I also notice that this post has no links. It seems so strange...