Drinking hot beverages & collecting socks.
I wear a feather hat and sing when I'm bored.
Unconventional and I love it.
Good Day & Good Reading,
- member since August 22, 2008
Hi Snoddgrass - Saw your newest post in the libraries and librarians group. It's been a while since I've been in a university setting, but I remember how rigid they could be. Since you are working there, can you audit a course or two for free or very little cost, and then get statements from those professors saying you are qualified to start a graduate program? Or what about a community college course or two to raise the GPA?
Don't let your age stop you. I got my MA around the age of 30, but I was one of the youngest in my cohort. I think as long as you have 10 years or so til retirement, getting the degree is still viable.
Sounds like you still love library work - keep trying for that degree if it will lead where you want to go!
Once a group of subjects had been screened from the application pool, assignment to the role of prisoner or guard was random. They were the most normal, stable people the experimenter could find. The idea was to see how big of an impact the bad environment had on good subjects. How much each one of them related to the role he was assigned depended on the person. As for it not really being "real", well... take a look. The author (the man in charge of the experiment) argues that it became too real, for everyone, and quickly.
If you're locked in a cell, and you can't get out, and one of the guards is taking his role and the power it entails more than a little too seriously, and the guy running the experiment went home for the night, and his overnight assistants "have instructions not to interfere," and the guard won't break character... are you free? If you think so, can you make the guard respect that?
If you can't... are you free?
It was fascinating. The author set up an experiment to see what would happen if some decent, good-natured, upstanding young men were told to treat other young men, just like them, as if they were worthless prisoners. Decades later, he's still trying to redeem himself by spreading the word about how setting up a situation like that can utterly destroy the good in the people involved. It was hugely eye-opening. It really made me think about my character, what's holding it together, and how it might hold up if it's really tested. I recommend it.
Jane Austen Book Club:
Just stopping by to remind you that we are in full discussion now for Sense & Sensibility.
I've posted "Further Discussion" questions at the bottom of the page, but please feel free to start your own discussion thread or revive any of our past chatter.
Please visit the Better Than Starbucks group to join in! Hope to see you there!
While there is certainly only one man for our dear Elinor, there are many male characters in the book. Which would YOU most like to have a happy JA ending with?
Visit the Jane Austen Book Club thread on Better than Starbucks to vote!
Hello Snoddgrass II. Congratulations! You're now a Flipper. That means you are part of the Flips Flipping Pages community. We're looking forward to getting to know you. See you in the talk boards. Introduce yourself in the new Member Intro thread: http://www.shelfari.com/groups/12439/discussions/54783/New-Member-Intro#463417