School has started, making me officially a midwifery student. YAY!!! We’re all trying to get to know our 29 classmates (well, 28 as we’ve had our first withdrawal already) and little by little we’re succeeding. On the first day of orientation we did the obligatory introductions where everyone, myself totally included, gave the most impressive parts of their resume to the group. It was intimidating. But the faculty themselves freely told us that they’re intimidated by the exercise every year. The faculty have pretty impressive resumes and they’re probably pretty excellent midwives. So if they’re intimidated by us, what’s the deal?
In our first Working Across Differences class we were asked to introduce ourselves again, but this time not with a credential, with an interesting tidbit. We all did it. But again, we all chose something that was impressive even while we tried to be nonchalant about it. Then we spent a good chunk of the rest of the class talking about Fact Sheets (on groups of people) and how they’re inevitably incomplete. It’s funny because introductory tidbits are very much like fact sheets. They’re inevitably incomplete. That’s not to say they’re incorrect or, worse, deliberately deceitful. They’re just incomplete.
If we think about my Twitter Profile. What did I choose to say about myself in 140 characters (or less)?
One time geneticist. Student midwife. Tandem nurser. Feminist. Thinking Mama.
It’s not inaccurate. That definitely talks about me. But it’s not all of me. I could have just as easily written any of the following and they would have been equally true:
Jane Austen lover, crumpet eater, sometimes Royal watcher, all-around Anglophile.
Mediocre gardener, laundry denier. My food is always delicious, but a little too soft.
Nose picker, fart connoisseur. Many other things too gross to admit publicly.
Trader of stock options, keeper of endless spreadsheets. I already have my cash flow projections for 2063.
So there we go. Some of the many and varied facets of my personality. I’m sure the girls in my class will get to know them soon enough… although perhaps not the fart bit, unless they find my blog. And it will be interesting to find out more about their many faces too.