This is my final post as The Senior Senior. Since I’m no longer a senior, and since grad school is chock full of semi-oldsters such as myself (more than a few of whom I count among my friends), I decided to start a new blog, which will be added to the Blogroll, Grad School Diaries. Pretty self-explanatory. I’m also taking up a new nom de blog, to more accurately reflect my place in life. I have yet to decided if friends, coworkers and the occasional frenemy will be referred to by their previous monikers, or if I’m going to clean slate it. Time will tell.
And my final thought as the Senior Senior? It would have been cool if it had involved an epiphany on the bus, but you can’t have everything (as I think the universe has taught me time and time again). I was at my job (not The Hated Job, which I have done quit [thank heavens]), entering valuable student data (all the better to obtain grant monies with, my dear). To do this job, I was given access to a boatload of data – data on my coworkers, on all the students we see. And unlike those who have been caught peeking at medical records and passport information, I was pretty put off by it. In fact, one might even say that I had the heebie jeebies about being able to poke around in people’s files (and poke around I had to do sometimes, and I felt distinctly weirded out about the whole enterprise). This strikes me as interesting, because I have never considered myself a saint; when it comes to information, even if it isn’t any of my business, I always assumed that more was better. And you would think someone of that disposition would be itching to see people’s grades, what their financial aid packages are, etc. But even when I had a perfectly good reason to get that information, I felt like I was trespassing, not to mention not having any real temptation to sneak a peek at information I did not need. I didn’t even want to look up my own file (just to see).
And oddly, it had nothing to do with being paranoid about someone being able to look into my file. I know what’s in it, and it isn’t that interesting. I simply felt weird about having that much information.