This week’s piece features Professor Daryl Bockett, a UIC Professor.
Had you always planned on becoming a university professor? If not, what career(s) did you want to have?
I had originally planned on a career in the field of world domination. Obviously, getting a job in the New Zealand government was the crucial first step, as that is the seat of much of the world’s economic and geopolitical power. Regrettably, I failed the citizenship requirements, having forgotten the rules for rugby, and so I was exiled to Japan.
In all seriousness, I used to be idealistic enough to want to work for an NGO working in the arms control field. Fortunately, that passed.
What types of students do you enjoy teaching/working with the most?
Brilliant ones. That’s why I love teaching at Yonsei. The most brilliant students are the ones who interact, and are not afraid to consider new ideas and new ways of looking at the world.
How do you prefer your coffee/tea to be made?
With extra caffeine. And then add an extra shot of espresso or two. Sleep is a crutch for people who can’t handle their coffee.