Maria Holland

Padding My Resume

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

It’s weird to think that the past five years of my life are summed up by these lines on my resume:

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; University of Tulsa; Tulsa, OK; GPA: 3.95

Chinese Language Study; Xiamen University; Xiamen, Fujian, China

– 2011 Phi Beta Kappa

– 2010 Jess Choteau Top 10 Outstanding Senior

– 2009 China Scholarship Council scholarship for a full year of Mandarin study in China

– 2009 Morris K. Udall Scholarship, for students who have shown commitment to environment-related careers

– 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier scholarship for students in math, science, and engineering planning careers in research

No mention of dancing, cooking, overnight trains, Chinese hospitals, or QQ. 

I saw this poem on another blog a little while ago and was struck by its truth.  

‘Writing a Résumé’
by Wisława Szymborska

What needs to be done?
Fill out the application
and enclose a résumé.
Regardless of the length of life
a résumé is best kept short.
Concise, well-chosen facts are de rigueur.
Landscapes are replaced by addresses,
shaky memories give way to unshakable dates.
Of all your loves mention only the marriage,
of all your children only those who were born.
Who knows you counts more than who you know.
Trips only if taken abroad.
Memberships in what but without why.
Honors, but not how they were earned.
Write as if you’d never talked to yourself
and always kept yourself at arm’s length.
Pass over in silence your dogs, cats, birds,
dusty keepsakes, friends, and dreams.
Price, not worth,
and title, not what’s inside.
His shoe size, not where he’s off to,
that one you pass yourself off as.
In addition, a photograph with one ear showing.
What matters is its shape, not what it hears.
What is there to hear, anyway?
The clatter of paper shredders.

I guess that’s kind of what this blog is for.  I fleshed out those lines with 500 pages or so of writing and pictures – landscapes, instead of addresses. 

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