Looking the Part

A few years back, when I was still teaching Anthropology to undergrads and trying not to lose my sanity in the process, I did not look like a ‘college professor’, at least not the popular conception of one. I looked too young, I wasn’t ‘absentminded’, I didn’t wear glasses or perpetually have my hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail, and I definitely didn’t ooze confidence or intelligence.

pictured: not me

Who could have thought pop culture stereotypes of a given profession could have been wrong?

Slowly though, I think I’ve starting morphing into the stereotype of the professor even if it’s a few years too late. Absentminded? Most definitely! Old? Well, I feel old if that counts. Hair always pulled back or a mess? You try living with a grabby 2 year old who likes to pull anything and everything in reach.

And now, the metaphorical nail in the coffin of my dorkiness, I’ve received my first pair of prescription glasses. Apparently all those migraines and general blurry-ness was because I needed glasses, not because the world in general was becoming less HD.

apparently, the world isn’t actually this blurry

So yes, I wear glasses now, I finally look like the professor I used to be, but in a twist that I definitely didn’t see coming, I’m actually loving it! The world has never been clearer for one thing, and I now have one more accessory to style and make my own. Who would have thought I’d actually enjoy wearing glasses?


27 thoughts on “Looking the Part

  1. I got glasses in middle school. Right around when I got braces, I was unhappy about it all. Then I put on my new glasses and discovered that I could see individual blades of grass when I was standing up… and that trees had leaves not just green tops and I haven’t taken them off since. (Well I replace them with contacts but other than that…)


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  2. Haha I’ve had glasses for years and honestly, they’ve been a confidence booster for me. I don’t know what that says about my personality but getting glasses in my teens actually made me feel good about myself. Lately, I’ve been considering getting contacts though.

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      1. I was the same way for so many years, haha. My thought process was something along the lines of “You’re going to put your finger in your eye? Are you nuts?” But I’m feeling more amiable toward them in the past couple weeks so who knows?

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  3. I remember getting mystery headaches and blurry vision myself several years ago and being mystified. My boyfriend then, who’d worn glasses since he was about four, was not mystified. 🙂

    Also, Anthropology?! That was my major in college. In law school, it was alwayd used as the perfect example of a useless degree … seeing as the profs couldn’t call PolySci or English that, what with so many students coming from those fields.

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    1. Lol! It’s never a mystery to those who’ve been through it themselves 😂
      And yes, I’ve heard that too in reference to anthropology! I did my postgrad in socio-cultural anthropology and I haven’t regretted it one bit 😎

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    1. I’m full of surprises like that 😂 and don’t miss glasses! I’m sure people who have always worn them probable wish they could see clearly without them 😂

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      1. I just wish I experimented more with them, they are so trendy. But I never mastered the whole glasses AND hijab without looking like scruffy’s cousin 😞 and yeah man, check you out! -goes to google anthropology to see what it actually entails- …

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      2. Hahaha! The hijab and glasses thing might not be easy to handle 😂
        And while you’re off googling, remember my postgrad is in socio-cultural anthropology 😝

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  4. It’s good that you enjoy wearing them! I think having a pair that you actually like the style of goes a long way towards making them feel better. I really like the frames of mine, I think they’re pretty, and I hope you like yours as much too – it means I actually wear them!

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    1. Hahaha I know right? I like my frames but I think I want something a little bit more quirky, to suit my personality 🙂 I like yours!


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