I work in an office building with a few dozen professors and a dean. Only two of these people have anything to do with math. I’m surrounded by different department heads and it makes for an interesting atmosphere. It’s been established, in fact, that life in that office in no way represents real life. Also, yes your professor may be brilliant in their field, but that doesn’t always translate to other things.
Case in point:
I was asked today to do some research on how I could make a poster in PowerPoint. *blink blink*
A 5 minute conversation later I did confirm it doesn’t actually have to be made in PowerPoint, she’s going to print it anyway, and why yes I can build it for her on my laptop that has Photoshop.
The woman is brilliant in math but lord help me she’s lucky she has me for the rest.
I’m surrounded by many professors for many fields of study. And quite a few of these professors are jealous of my boss because she has me, and no one else really has a me. (They could apply for a me, but apparently they never really considered that option.)
So the other day my boss, Dr. L, went to a meeting and in this meeting another professor made a silly/snide comment about how she has a work-study and no one else does. She let it go, and the meeting continued.
A few days later they were in a conversation, the two of them, when she reflected back on what he said.
“Wait a minute. Wait a minute! We’ll get back to the topic on hand but I need to crush you first. Not only do I have a work-study, but she’s one of yours!”
“… One of mine?…”
“Yes, one of yours.”
“But… But… Mine don’t usually even like math!”
“Well this one does!”
“She could be doing research!”
“You’re right, and she might!” (Implying I might be doing research in the field of mathematics.)
“That’s not even fair!”
I love my job. I love my boss. And then I finish my BSs (plural) and continue on to my MS, I might switch and work for the Applied Psychology guy.
But for now, I’m content making posters (not in PowerPoint though) for Dr. L.