A mockingjay on my door

mockingjayI found a good article with career advice centered on Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the Hunger Games.  As academic coordinator in the Department of Plant Pathology, I often help students with career advice, so it was good material to post on my office door (e.g., it’s good to volunteer, be a strong leader, etc.).

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting with a student, and after a nice chat about graduate programs, she said, “Is that a mockingjay on your door?”

I had to think a moment about the mockingjay (shown here), a symbol of rebellion in the books/movies, then I remembered the career article on my door and laughed, “Oh yes!  This is a good article, too!”

So . . . to commemorate the release of Catching Fire, here’s to Katniss: