Wired Pursuits

Overheard on campus…

Posted on: September 2, 2009

I’m what they consider a “non-traditional” student here at Penn State. Basically that means I’m coming into the PhD program having taken a 20+ year detour into the business world. So I guess the non-traditional part is the “real-life” experience I bring to the table (because I don’t really want it to just mean I’m older).

That said, as I walk around campus I’m immersed in a sea of 18-20 something year olds. I get to overhear a lot of very interesting conversations. OK, maybe I listen in in an attempt to feel closer to my kids of the same age whom I left back in VA.

That said, in the spirit of “overheard” Web sites everywhere, I launch the inaugural edition of “Overheard on campus.” It’s about conversations I find interesting or at least revealing in terms of the younger generation and their experiences at college and it’s as close to the actual conversation as my “non-traditional” brain can remember.

Overheard on campus

Male: “As long as I’m here I’ll never miss a football game.”

Female: “Yeah right, unless, like, you have to go home or something.”

Male: “Why would I go home?”

Female: “You know, for family shit.”

Male: “We don’t do shit in our family.”

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2 Responses to "Overheard on campus…"

My detour has perhaps not been as long as yours – but can definitely relate to often being the older, more (professionally) experienced student in my classes – for my undergraduate and current post-graduate degree (which seems much in line with what you’re studying). Look forward to reading more from you.

@mariamz It’s an amazing experience. Some days I feel like I know a lot, others I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Good luck to you and you studies. Keep me updated on your progress.

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