12 thoughts on “Little kids frighten me (the tales of a harassed volunteer)

        • To liken Sociedad to “it is so dark that you can’t see” is accurate. I have felt in that place the same feelings that I have felt at McDonald’s: utterly helpless and ineffectual. At least it’s for a good cause, instead of the cause of getting America obese! (And that’s my candle)

  1. hey you’re making a huge difference to these kids (even the ones who spent your science lab texting) just by showing up. And you’re making a super huge difference to the kids who are interested in science- you have the potential to be a great role model for them, which is exactly what they need 🙂

    • Haha I hope so! I don’t think we’re getting through to most of the kids. There’s about, maybe 5 kids who actually willingly do the activities and ask questions. All the other kids are interested in art– which is also fun, since I like art! But I hope that what we do has made at least a bit of a difference in getting kids interested in science.

  2. Don’t worry: little kids frighten me, too. XD They can be vicious. And crude. And just…generally…O.O

    You’re my favorite Pre Med! And I know tons and tons of pre meds. But you rock! Have you thought about using your comics in medicine? You could be one really, really cool pediatrician.

    • Oh man, I don’t think I could ever be a pediatrician… I am, as you can see, gosh-darn-awful and handling kids! I think I resolved, in elementary school, to never be a teacher ever. I just don’t have the patience!

      I’m always wondering if there’s a way to combine comics and science, though, since those happen to be two things I like. One of our guest speakers at NU, Atul Gawande, is a doctor-writer who told us “they key to success is to combine unrelated things in a new and innovative way.” Osamu Tezuka, known as the “godfather of manga,” actually obtained his MD before becoming a cartoonist. As a result, much of his manga (Black Jack, Ode to Kirihito) feature doctors as the protagonists. Still, the comics industry is a very, very difficult place to make a living!

      • I’ve never even heard of Osamu Tezuka, yeah, I only know the most current, most popular manga, but I will read doodles of his. Combining comics with science, not easy, but with “imagination, anything is possible” -SpongeBob. Maybe, a professor who uses lots of manga to illustrate science, or a doctor who hands out manga to the patients to read about the procedure they are about to have. Imagination is everything. We use it to create our world; it is the only device more powerful than knowledge. It also exists in a magical place called Imaginationland, where ponies, fairies, The Terminator and terrorists can run free. That’s Southpark for ya.

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