Photobombing student pictures June 28, 2013Posted by mareserinitatis in education, engineering, photography.
Tags: photobomb, pictures, students
Today was the last day for a student who worked with Mike. As is the tradition in our group, Mike, being his supervisor, brought him out to lunch and several people from the group joined. These lunches are a lot of fun but also a little sad as it’s hard to see students moving on.
This student shared an office with me but we didn’t collaborate at all. Mostly, we interacted by having small conversations here and there, primarily after greeting each other in the mornings. However, after lunch, he said he wanted some pictures, so he and Mike posed while the rest of us waited nearby. After a couple pictures, the student indicated to me that he would like me in a couple of the pictures, as well.
I agreed, but this felt odd to me. We’d talked here and there, but there were other people present that he’d worked with. This made me wonder if I was asked to be in the picture because a lot of people see me and Mike as a ‘unit.’ Mike, however, suggested it’s just that students in particular seem to like me. (It’s that extroverted engineer thing…makes them feel more comfortable.)
I still felt, however, like I was somehow photobombing the pictures.