Every year we like to give blog readers a sense of how we use our “reading days.” Though I always feel pretty worn out after reviewing applications intensely for eight hours, there’s no denyng the pleasures of working at home. I asked Jeff to tell you about his reading day last week.
Unlike some of my colleagues who enjoy reading applications at local cafés, I prefer the comforts of my own home. Staying at home is nice because I can lounge around in my pajamas all day, and also because I am much more efficient. (In public, I have a hard time concentrating, as I am extremely nosey.) Not needing to leave the house has other advantages, especially on those cold, blustery winter mornings; however, this wasn’t the case last Wednesday, when it almost hit 60 degrees in Boston.
I have a routine that I stick to each reading day, although this time I diverged a bit, in order to prepare dinner for the evening. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to prepare a crock pot recipe (Guinness Beef Stew) and to start a loaf of bread, so I wouldn’t need to cook at the end of a long reading day. After that was settled, I perched myself in my usual spot — the breakfast bar that that adjoins my kitchen and dining room (sunny and bright). My piles of applications were stacked, I had my favorite pen (Pilot G-2, Blue), and I had a hot latte (beverage preference dependent on time of day — latte, coffee, tea, or water). This is the scene:
My dog (Sydney) usually doesn’t hang out in the kitchen, but she could smell that something was cooking, and it smelled good. The mug featured is my favorite, which I purchased when I was in Shanghai recruiting this past September. (If you happen to make your way to Shanghai, check out Spin for some great pieces and prices.)
Anyway, back to the reading. It is great to have the opportunity to fully immerse myself in reading applications for an entire day. In the office, there are constant interruptions, and I find it hard to get through more than a handful in a day (if that). Learning about applicants’ interests and experiences is truly entertaining. So many of you are doing such interesting work that I often find myself wanting to change careers, but alas, I will live vicariously through you. Some of my favorite applications are from those who had previously applied and were unsuccessful in the admissions process. It’s nice to see how these applicants have taken time to develop their professional skills and hone their career interests.
After hours of reading and snacking (and a walk to the park with the dogs to enjoy the near 60 degree weather), I completed my reading, packed up the applications to go back to Fletcher, and enjoyed a delicious dinner. All in all, it was a good day.
Sydney and her friend, Baloo, hanging at Savin Hill Park.
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