Right Side of the Noggin

     I'm currently reading A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink and I have to say, I really love it. It's an easy read filled with insight, humor, and plenty of resources. But since I don't want to delve too much into the book since I will already be presenting it in early November, I thought I'd talk about my campus job a little and how it reminds me of this great book. 
     Before the semester started, I knew that it would be best for me to have a campus job. I received emails every so often about student worker jobs that I could apply for. Feeling desperate, I applied for the newest one in my inbox about a job in the accounting building and I surprisingly got the job even though I had no experience with accounting. Because I'm an English major, I felt a little intimidated about what to expect from this job and what sort of math work I would be expected to do. Luckily, the women I work with have been very patient in teaching me how to do the paperwork, and to my relief the only math I really do is addition and subtraction. I do appreciate having a job on campus, and working with the women every Monday through Friday, but I can't help but think that this job is definitely more left sided and analytical than the job I imagined having. 

     I've discovered that accounting is like a big math puzzle. If something doesn't add up you have to go back and look at the figures over and over again until everything makes sense. Since this job has given me a taste of what the left side of the brain is like, I realize that for my future career I have to do something that involves more than a repetition of numbers. Don't get me wrong, I know we need accountants in this country and I'm not suggesting I'm above the work they do. I just know that my brain isn't wired like the women I work with that have been doing the same job tasks for years. 

    That's why I hope my career in the future, whatever that may be, will be predominatantly right side, something that can spark my creativity and interest. For now I'll just keep taking classes that enable the 6 solutions to the right side of the brain. And what are these steps? Well read Daniel Pink's book and find out! After all, I wouldn't want to spoil it :) 

erica lewis

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