Who are you and what are you doing here?

I just finished reading an essay for my writing class that I couldn’t leave unshared. There are so many great excerpts that I had difficulty picking just one for this post, but I highly recommend reading the whole piece if you have time. Mark Edmundson shares an honest view of the education system and the American work ethic that he coats with clever analogies and witty one-liners.

“Education is about finding out what form of work for you is close to being play—work you do so easily that it restores you as you go”

I couldn’t think of a better essay to start off my semester with the right attitude. If you’re interested in reading the rest, check it out here.

Research Lab Website is Up & Running!

A little late, but they always say “better late than never,” so here’s a post that’ll link you guys to the Cornell Group and Organizational Communication Lab‘s website. That’s the team that I’m a Research Assistant for and I absolutely love it!

My latest work at the lab? I’m working alongside Professor Poppy McLeod and a graduate student to co-author a paper on our latest topic within the realm of virtual world immersion. We are submitting the final draft on November 1st–so we’re in the final stages of production. This week is a mix of crazy—crazy weather at home (hope everyone on Long Island and in the TriState is safe..luckily Hurricane Sandy hasn’t hit Ithaca yet) and crazy writing workshop days where we’ve been working hard to finalize our draft for the The International Communication Association (ICA). The ICA selects from a pool of submissions to attend a conference every summer, and this year it’ll be held in London. As always, I’ll keep you updated on the status of our progress.

I’ll leave you with a screenshot of my bio on our Research Lab’s website. (Side note: I wrote the blurb in early August before I had an in-depth knowledge of what I’d be doing in the lab). Stay safe and inside, away from the storm, everyone!

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