Team Leader FairyOn September 8, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
[magical fairy dust music] Okay, let me check the schedule… Alright,
I’ve got an appointment at 5 today and… oh god, no, it’s with a graduate student. Wow. Look at this. She’s a PhD student working on an article for a scholarly journal, and
she needs someone to read through her article and make sure her arguments are valid and
well-supported. And the article she’s writing is on genetic mutation in embryos. Great.
Just great. And she’ll be a couple minutes late for the appointment because she’s coming
here right after she finishes teaching her class on biotechnology for crop improvement.
I’m so doomed. How can I, a mere undergraduate student who’s changed her major like 4 times
in the past year and a half, help a PhD student who’s probably working on cloning Einstein
in her free time? Oh god! [quiet sigh of desperation] [music starts] [sings] Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay. Ay-ay, ay-ay. Ay-ay, ay-ay. [speaking] Oh god. [magical fairy dust sound] Hey. Hey! Why the long face? Wait a minute, who are you? Are you a figment
of my troubled mind? [laughs] No, silly! I’m your team leader
fairy! Wow. I didn’t know I had one of you. Sure you do! That’s why we divided all the new consultants into teams during fall training.
You can come to me if you have any questions, if you need some help getting adjusted to
the Writing Center, or if you just need some tips on how to conduct your consultations.
Pretty much anything! Wow. That’s really cool. But I don’t think
you can help me with this problem. What makes you think that? Well, I have a consultation with a super smart graduate student later today, and I’m totally
freaking out about it. There’s pretty much nothing that you can do to help me. So, you
know, I just can’t do it. It’s impossible. Well that, my dear, is where you’re wrong. [music starts and she sings] [music fades, singing stops] Yes. Quite quite possible. Wow. I never thought of it that way. So you’re saying that I can still help a PhD student
even though I’m not a graduate student myself. Well, you may not be a graduate student, but
you’re a writing consultant. And that means that you can help anyone with their writing,
even if you don’t necessarily know anything about their subject matter. You can still
help them with grammar, sentence structure, transitions, citation rules, organization,
and a whole number of other things. And remember, a lot of times, clients are even more intimidated
than you are by having their paper read out loud. Okay, well, I guess I should be able to do this after all. [music fades in]
That’s the spirit! And if you get in trouble, and you don’t know right from wrong, just
give a little whistle. Wait wait wait. Isn’t that what Jiminy Cricket
says? Whoops. [laughs] Sorry. Wrong musical. Anyway,
I promise you’ll be fine. And if you need anything, anything at all, just call on me or one of the other team leader fairies. Like Candace, for example. She’s our Titania.
In any case, one of us will always be a-fluttering around. Sweet. That helps a lot. Thank you, team leader fairy! No problem. Anytime! [magical sound effect] [musical outro begins] Wow! [ding!]