Honorary Degrees

One of my friends started a conversation online about honorary degrees. Both of us are college graduates. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree while she has a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s. I couldn’t be more proud of her. She worked for it, as did I. I spent over a decade studying for exams, dealing with nervous breakdowns in the library, and hours upon hours of typing and composing paper after paper. Whereas my friend and I worked our proverbial asses off to get our degrees, people are awarded honorary Doctorates without doing the coursework.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the people who were awarded the degrees. The colleges and universities in question made the choice to bestow these degrees upon the recipients. However, as a college graduate, I find it insulting to those of us who spent most of our free time in the library or the computer lab doing research for our papers or preparing a ten page paper for Senior Seminar.

I’m sure the people who were awarded honorary degrees are proud of their accomplishments and I understand these recipients were awarded this degree because of their contributions to their fields, but couldn’t they be acknowledged for their contributions in another way?

To practically hand over a degree to someone who did not do the required coursework is a slap in the face to those of us who have studied and lost sleep just to proofread an assignment. If I had to spend all those years in the classroom just to get my degree, why can’t these recipients do the same?

Yes, Dear. Dogs Do Have Brains.

Some things you just can’t make up. I’m a writer, and I couldn’t have come up with this on my own even if I tried. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t think I’d want to. There’s a woman on a social network site that asked a question that has boggled the minds of all who have read the question or watched her video. Do dogs have brains? If you think I’m kidding, watch and see for yourself.

http://www.epicfail.com/2013/10/08/brains-fail/

Now, I want to give this young lady the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is some sort of parody or a Saturday Night Live type of show. I can’t imagine that anyone would willingly go on camera and allow those words to pass her lips. I have my moments where I get silly and ask nonsensical questions, but I’m doing so in jest and with my family. At least they know I’m being silly. This woman on camera is an unusual one. I’m not going to make any generalizations on her mental state, as that would be unfair. However, I have to wonder what drove her to ask such a strange question on camera and post it for all to see. I have to wonder: is she serious? Is she joking? Was she sober when she did this? I went on Facebook and asked if she could be high, and one viewer said she did not appear to be under the influence of any narcotic. My next guess is that she wanted instant fame, and what better way to become famous then by posting a strange video on the internet? I truly hope that she’s a comedienne and is doing this to market herself. If that’s the case, then she’s on to something.