20:19 - Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
I used to think this was a grad-student-only question, since it’s all a game of selling yourself to get funding, but it’s, I think, a people-who-have-to-look-competent-and-important-for-a-living thing, which, really, is almost everyone.
Anyway: do I ask them the question I used to dread?
The other thing is, I don’t care about their thesis. What I care about is whatever they really want to talk about. Whatever they secretly wish I would ask them. That’s what I care about.
How’s your advisor, have you advanced, who’s on your committee, what’s your research on now?
I 99% think those are questions everyone else dreads answering too, but then I see a huddle of them in the kitchen talking earnestly and intently about Latin American conflicts with beers in hand, and I have to think again.