24 August 2008

Visibility

Last Thursday, the department had its annual welcome potluck party. And as usual, the dish I brought was a success.

Actually, I joined forces with a friend of mine, and together we made Curried Chicken and Basmati Rice. We cooked the chicken using curry spices, and the sauce was based on yoghurt and raisins. It was a spicy yet very delectably tasty dish. And once again, the crowd finished the whole pot.

Anyway, last Thursday's party was unusual in the sense that the students were rather not diverse. There were plenty of first-year people, but there were only one fourth-year student (me), one third-year student (my good friend), and one second-year student (my other good friend). I have to admit that this years new students are more plentiful than the usual, but there are still other upperclassmen than the three of us. They just didn't bother to show up.

I was thinking of this fact lately, the question of how visible you are in the department. Because I have this observation that if you are a master's student, chances are that you won't be visible at all. Yes, you would attend classes, but that is it. Once your classes are over, then you go back home. However, if you are a Ph.D. student, then you are more visible. I suppose the fact that you are funded, the fact that you have a class of your own to teach, the fact that you have an office on campus, makes it easier for you to be visible.

But sometimes, it gives the impression that master's students just don't care. Because they don't attend graduate student meetings, and so nobody even knows that they exist.

I hope I am wrong this year.



(Facing It, from my Letchworth Park Series)

2 comments:

  1. Ang ganda naman ng falls na yan!

    I really want to try your cooking sometime. :)

    Haha... some graduate students are anti-social? It's good that you take time to connect and welcome the new people LIW.

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  2. Toe,

    This is the Middle Falls in Letchworth State Park, very beautiful indeed.

    If you want the recipe for the Indian Curry with yoghurt, I can forward it to you.

    I don't know if the upperclass graduate students are anti-social or not. Perhaps they are just too busy, or there are some personal reasons I do not know of.

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