The judging was rigorous, but three emerged on top. Congratulations to the top posters of the Experimental Psychology Poster Session! Rosie Wysocki, Paul Ahrens, Katie Turner, and Cory Samson investigated the Effects of Positive and Negative Emotional Priming on Performance and State Self-Esteem. Laura Kempen, Heather Wogikoski, Grace Vecchie, and Ashley Ramer considered the Influence of Superhero Depiction on Audience Response to Perpetrator-Victim Scenarios. Miranda DeMars, Amy Vaughan, and Amanda Novak studied First Impressions: Do Glasses Matter? All of you should be commended for a job well-done.
Dear Pink Flamingo,
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how lazy you professors are. I’ve heard you only work about 20 hours per week, have summers off, and spend the winter break just lounging around doing nothing. Is that true?
Jealous in Janesville
Yes, it’s absolutely true. The vast majority of us got into this field, not because we value education, but because of how easy it is to do what we do. When it comes to the winter break, most of us use it as a chance to sit around and relax rather than to catch up on the work we were unable to complete during the semester. We never have meetings during this time, never go to conferences, and never spend this time planning our courses for the next semester or working on our research.
In fact, here’s what a typical day will look like for me over the break. When I’m ready to get out of bed (around 10:30 or so), I ring for my valet. He brings up my clothes for the day (all new as I don’t like to wear the same thing twice) and lets me know what the cook has prepared for my breakfast. Typically, I take my breakfast (usually eggs benedict) in the den so I can watch Saved by the Bell while I eat. My masseuse is scheduled to arrive around noon for my hour long massage treatment. After that, I usually take a long bath and eat the lunch that’s been prepared for me. At that point, I’m pretty tired so I take my afternoon nap. When I wake up, it’s around 4:00 and I like to spend the next few hours before dinner watching television or movies. Around 7:00, my lobster dinner (I have them flown in from Maine each afternoon) has been prepared for me so I sit down to eat. After my dessert, I adjourn to the game room (if I still have the energy) and spend the rest of the evening playing video games before bed. My valet then brings me my cashmere pajamas, I climb into my ridiculously comfortable bed, and fall asleep to the sound of my personal orchestra playing Hush Little Baby.
It’s a glamorous life and I sometimes wonder, if what we do is so very easy and our lives are so luxurious… why don’t more people do it?
Much like our professor’s description above, I am imagining that “break” isn’t quite the word you would use to describe what will happen in the weeks before the start of the spring semester. Because students never work full time, take January interim classes, work on job or graduate school applications, or do anything else when school isn’t in session, right? We know your valets are bringing you breakfast in bed, too! Please, though, seriously – be safe, be well, and enjoy the change of pace that comes with at least a little different schedule. For those of you not graduating in December, we can’t wait to see you again in the spring!