Tag: university

  • Failure in A Minor (Some Other Girl)

    Failure in A Minor (Some Other Girl)

    Once there was a girl who wanted to be a music teacher. She started playing the piano when she was eleven and the clarinet when she was thirteen. She loved playing and wanted to spend her life helping others like her have that opportunity too. Third person, you understand. She isn’t me. Some other girl…

  • The Importance of Basking in the Glory of Small Victories

    The Importance of Basking in the Glory of Small Victories

    Recently* a friend told me something surprising. Recently* a friend told me something surprising. It took me some time to soak this peculiar idea up. I am far too used to thinking of myself as the opposite, and so the idea that I might be considered ‘impressive’ was altogether too strange to be believed…

  • Introductions

    Introductions

    Meeting new people is hard. It’s bad enough when you have to get to know someone because they’re a friend of a friend, they’re suddenly your co-worker, or you’re at a party and have no one else to talk to. Under those circumstances there tends to be enough context to allow a conversation to grow. And if the conversation remains stunted despite all reasonable efforts then you can just escape by pretending you need to go to the bathroom. But there is a type of introduction that is worse than all the others. I call this type of introduction institutionalised self-introductions, and I’m certain they were invented by the devil to increase earth’s levels of general awkwardness…