Thursday, September 20, 2007

orientation week

It's orientation week here at Fuller. One thing I've noticed about orientations--whether for college, seminary or a new job--is that they sure make people act weird. It's understandable. We've all been in some way uprooted. Many have left behind a support network of family and friends. Everyone is nervous, awkward, trying to look good and impress. Many people come off as overly confident, posturing, anxious to find their place in the pecking order.

It may not bring out "the worst" in people, but it certainly reveals an unflattering side.

1 comment:

Miranda said...

Amen to that. We get a healthy dose of academic posturing here. I'm glad orientation is over so I don't have to hear any more first year talking about the scholars they've been reading or hoping to work with, or using big words (often incorrectly) for the sake of sounding smart. Once the semester gets going most people calm down and find their place and get comfortable, but there are still those few who seem determined to make sure everyone knows that they intend to get a PhD, and have read all of Barth, and have already read far beyond the curriculum. Bah.