Its always weird taking the desk of someone that is no longer at your institution, especially when they leave stuff behind. Does what they leave behind serve as an additional burden of extra shit you have to toss out when moving your stuff in? Or is it there to serve as meaning, sort of material legacy of those who have resided at that desk and their experiences along the journey. Going along this abstract line of thought, maybe each item is to have some meaning to me.
Dear reader, here is what the last graduate student left at/in/on/around my desk and what meaning it may have for me.
Item: Chai green tea
Meaning: Graduate school is difficult and sometimes stress, make sure to relax and enjoy the process.
Item: Broken ruler
Meaning: I guess you should play by the rules and the ruler could serve as a metaphorical measuring stick for success. But does its broken state mean that the former inhabitant of my desk and or I have lower threshold for success? Mystifying.
Item: Picture of some ugly kid
Meaning: It takes a village to raise a child, but I'm not paying child support.
Item: Blank CD-RWs
Meaning: You should treasure your memories and maybe you should be enriching your life experiences. And also backing up your data.
Item: Half eaten bag of Soft Batch cookies.
Meaning: Despite some people's rough and crinkly plastic demeanor, lies a soft and somewhat stale personality???
Item: A three and a half foot tall stack of journal articles.
Meaning: One can never stop learning, or the lazy jerk was too tired to throw them in the recycling bin.
Meaning: You gross motherfucker