My new adviser is an ass. I have a natural connection with asses of all sorts. I just get them, maybe because I too am an ass. Anyway, so I walk into his office. He immediately asks me “What do you wanna be when you grow up.” To which I promptly answered-
Anyway, he told me I couln’t be everything.
I thought “Uh-huh, I can too.”
He was very grouchy, I could tell that he is one of those professors who puts a lot of expectations on his more promising students only to end up dissapointed and frustrated, at least for the most part. He is a humanist (what liberal arts professor isn’t?) and humanist are always dissapointed because people aren’t ever as cool as they could be. Anyway, so when he started acting like he wasn’t going to let me in the program, I knew action was needed.
So I said to him,
“You are going to like me. You are going to want me in every one of your classes.”
I really said it, I didn’t say something like it, I didn’t imply it, I didn’t minipulate him into anything. I just simply stated what I knew what true.
It worked. People want to be told how to feel. As much as we pride our selves on our independence, sometimes it is nice to just have that pressure taken away.
By the end of our conversation I had gleened 3 high fives, one “hell yeah,” a postponment of the staff meeting (which he was suppossed to be leading), and an offer for an internship under him.
I also got a
“Your right, I do like you.”
The force is with me.