An Interesting Conversation

As a professor of political science, part of my job is to meet with and counsel students. They want to know what courses to take to secure their futures. It is important to discuss possible careers and getting an internship is the first step to personal progress. I get great joy in finding students who identify with special field. I particularly like helping to train critical minds. In the course of a work day, the more students I see the better.

Sometimes the students who get the best grades surprise me. You think you know the type, but you really don’t. For example, I have a female student who is quite the glamour girl. Most of the rest of them, men and women, are a bit on the nerdy side. When I was sitting at my desk facing this particular student, I couldn’t take my eyes off her eyelash extensions. They made her look like a model or a movie star. Most of my female students don’t wear makeup at all. They are too busy reading the materials and studying for exams. So you bet I noticed when I saw someone with a different appearance. How exactly is this look done? I came right out with it and asked. She didn’t mind revealing her secret. She went through the whole process of selecting the style of lashes (according to the thickness, darkness, and length) and buying a tube of adhesive (a fancy word for glue). If you want to put them on, she counseled, you need a special applicator like these. Of course, I wasn’t thinking along these lines: I was just curious. For a teacher and a student, we were having an interesting conversation.

Now that I knew so much about eyelash extensions, right down to the method of putting them on, I started to notice who was wearing them. In fact, I started to make judgments about who needed them, too. Some women just don’t have thick lashes and their eyes look pale. I can see that eyelash enhancement would help. You don’t have to make them as exaggerated as my student had done. You can choose a natural style of false eyelashes and limit the mascara or apply none at all. I am not touting this cosmetic process but my words reflect the fascination I felt when viewing my student at close range. Then I started thinking about job hunting since many students would be out there shortly competing in a crowded field. Would good lucks help the women who often are second citizens when it comes to acquiring a position right after college? Batting dark, long eyelashes at an interviewer may very well help. They say that good looking and tall people get jobs faster than plain Janes. I wonder if this is true. Apparently there are statistics that tell the tale.

Now in my sessions on post-university jobs, I mention appearance including makeup, clothing, and shoes. You can’t do enough to stand out.