So, what do I know about proper dining etiquette? Let’s see…
1. Always slurp your soup – aim for the sound of an aspirator in a tissue culture hood.
2. Use your entire napkin and do a windshield wiper-like motion across your mouth to clean it; this is considered proper.
3. If your utensil falls on the floor, please interrupt your host so that you can retrieve it; leaving silverware on the floor for more than two seconds is rude.
4. Always order dessert, and insist that your host have dessert too. If you don’t, your host will assume you are weak.
That was before the Professional Development Event on August 24th which was put together by our Alumni Mentoring Group, with Meg Atchison, the DGSA for the Department of Pathology PhD program. The workshop brought together current students in the Pathology PhD program and program alumni for networking and first class dining, with lessons in etiquette. The event was partially funded by a Professional Development Grant from the Duke Graduate School, which represents one of myriad ways Duke prepares its students for life in the real world. Reflecting the simulated nature of the dinner, Meg eloquently said that “the champagne being served this evening is a very fine Pellegrino.” I would argue, and I am sure my fellow students would agree, that the true champagne of this evening was a refined learning experience.
Contributor: Sim Singh, 1st Year Pathology PhD Student