The group only has 13 people, and I’m pretty sure that our supervisor knows it’s happening. I feel like I’m in high school again and I don’t feel like I should have to deal with this at work. Dark stains on the carpet, the coat rack behind the door has mix-matched prongs to hold coats, and the desk looks to be over 30 years old– in design and wear and tear, the walls are nicked and scuffed, etc.

This has been going on for a while but has recently become much worse as newer people are being hired into the group. It’s bizarre and distracting.” And I’d talk to your manager separately and point out that the new people seem to have formed their own subculture, and unfortunately it’s a gross and mean-spirited one, and ask her to intervene. From what I’ve seen of the other offices, and I’ve seen most–if not all–of them, this one is the dirtiest by far.

It takes up a lot of space and I find it irrelevant since not one academic class was credited from there.

I am currently on a project team at work and have been away from my normal job for a little over a year now.

The project is supposed to last for about two more years, and then I will go back to my normal group.

If the wear and tear on the desk is impacting its functionality, you could ask about getting a different one, and maaayyyybee you could ask if there’s ever the possibility of carpet cleaning or painting, but that’s probably about it.

But there are things that you can do on your own that would probably help.

Whenever employers ask me in my interviews why I graduated in December (and not in June, which is the usual/regular graduation), I say it’s because I shifted courses within University B.

Which is true; the college I shifted to was more strict in enrollment and crediting of units that gave me an extra semester.

I no longer mention University A because I don’t want to complicate my college work anymore.

Yep, you can leave University A off your resume entirely.

I have noticed in the staff meetings that some of the newer employees have their cell phones out and are taking pictures of different people in the meeting and putting them on Snapchat.

There are about five people who send the pictures to each other in the meeting and laugh about it.

I am genuinely interested in speaking with my neighbor about her field and her organization, but I won’t pretend I’m not also hoping for an edge on the researcher position.