:: eye of the storm ::

About Me

A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

View my complete profile

current mood:
current mood

Life List

(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

donderdag 9 september 2004

I finally figured out why I'm not as comfortable with that linguistics teacher of mine, the Dutch one, as I'd expected to be. Considering she's a highly respected veteran staff member with her own psycholinguistics lab and all, the answer might surprise you. She never looks anyone in the eye! When she stands in front of the class, she looks around, but never at us, just through us. Even when she was giving examples and explanations of Dutch phenomena, when I was sitting in the front row smiling and nodding, she never even looked at me. It's disconcerting, really! I never realized I was sensitive for that sort of thing, but it bothers me. After class today, I mentioned it to Erin, a classmate, "Have you noticed that she never looks anyone directly in the eye?" I thought maybe I was the only one who had noticed, but Erin immediately said, "Yes! I work at Java City, and she came by this morning to order pastries for a meeting, and even then, she didn't really look at me!"

I always thought eye contact was one of those things you simply had to have to be a good teacher. I mean, you're sharing your knowledge with other people, explaining complicated things, answering questions - don't you HAVE to look them in the eye, in order to see the degree of confusion, the subtleties to a question, the moment when understanding is reached? They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. I don't know about that, but I know they act almost like a second mouth, or second pair of ears - eye contact is just essential in talking, isn't it? Didn't your parents always tell you when you were little, "Look at me when I'm talking to you!" How can an esteemed professor of 40 or 50 years not be able to do it?

My Stuff

Blogs I Read

Blogging Since 2003

Free Blog Counter
Poker Blog

Powered by Blogger