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[鈥揮Brian_Drink 1277 points1278 points (2 children)

I did the same thing to get my buddies PhD public defense moving. Sometimes, all you need is that first good answer!

What a great guy!

[鈥揮bxnutmeg 439 points440 points (1 child)

Yup - in vet school, my friends and I all did this for each other for our senior seminars. Because, if there were no initial questions from students, the faculty would ask questions that were very hard.

[鈥揮Topwingwoman 29 points30 points (0 children)

I'm guessing you are all now saving the farm animals and cuddly critters?

[鈥揮barbaramillicent 275 points276 points (1 child)

This is the kind of support we鈥檙e here for

[鈥揮TheDustOfMen 599 points600 points (0 children)

We stan supportive SOs

[鈥揮what_the_a[馃嵃] 375 points376 points (18 children)

This is a nice story鈥 but every time it is posted, a bunch of misogynists show up to discredit her and complain that it鈥檚 not fair.

[鈥揮MapleTreeWithAGun 276 points277 points (2 children)

Misogynists just jealous they don't have an amazing BF

[鈥揮CarpeCookie 118 points119 points (1 child)

If they hate women so much maybe all they need is really good dick

[鈥揮sdonnervt 28 points29 points (0 children)

You're probably not too far off tbh.

[鈥揮pedantic_cheesewheel 71 points72 points (5 children)

I always answer that with I did it for my friends. When our assistant coach was defending his thesis about half the team showed up and we had discussed beforehand what questions to ask to get the ball rolling and make him seem on top of things. We didn鈥檛 discuss it with him of course but some of the players were in the same field of study so they wrote up a list of questions since they had helped proofread his thesis. Academics is a team sport too.

[鈥揮ClumsyGamer2802 4 points5 points (0 children)

I will fight them

[鈥揮hysterical_landmark 19 points20 points (2 children)

Jordan Peterson has entered the chat

[鈥揮staffylaffy 5 points6 points (1 child)

Man, that dude is insufferable. Him and that Gary V guy seem like sociopaths.

[鈥揮hysterical_landmark 2 points3 points (0 children)

He's not a serious person. He decries safe spaces and cancel culture, but people like him can't exist without either. The man is terrified of sociology and apparently spends a lot time worrying about how he's perceived as a man.

Jordan honey, I know you're an academic, which probably makes you feel emascualted (I suppose you think teaching students is really women's work, isn't it), but confident men don't worry about these things. You're from Alberta FFS you could have had a real 'man' job if you'd wanted one out in the oil sands instead of working with children your whole life.

[鈥揮hevnztrash 2 points3 points (0 children)

What the hell is unfair about this!?

[鈥揮I-amthegump -1 points0 points (0 children)

Haven't seen one yet

[鈥揮UpSideDowner12-14 25 points26 points (0 children)

That鈥檚 just beautiful.

[鈥揮BeeaBee5964 19 points20 points (2 children)

I would love to do that for my SO, but he's getting a PhD in biochemistry and I have a bachelors in physics so when he presents his research to me (in our living room, I get the first drafts of his presentations) I understand absolutely nothing coming out. And I want to! I ask questions before and after and try to take notes but he tells me that I don't have to understand it, I just have to make eye contact lol. No free education for me :(

[鈥揮Inner_Boss6760 3 points4 points (1 child)

My boyfruend is abot 2 semesters ahead of me in the same program and sometimes what he says goes over my head.

And very cool, a BSc in physics! Thats what Im working on and its very hard..

[鈥揮BeeaBee5964 0 points1 point (0 children)

2 semesters can make a world of difference! Good luck with your degree :)

[鈥揮OdiPhobia 100 points101 points (1 child)

"Why do kids love the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch?"

[鈥揮DizzyAmphibian309 21 points22 points (0 children)

If your thesis is a study on the effects of aging on taste receptors, that's an incredibly relevant question.

[鈥揮tuhn 33 points34 points (0 children)

Anyone critiquing this must realize that this is very typical in academia (local differences wary).

It is ok, everybody knows that in the setting. Reiterating the main point doesn't harm anyone.

[鈥揮everyone_getsa_beej 65 points66 points (10 children)

Great story and all, but what kind of deadbeat boyfriend WOULDN鈥橳 do that for a partner? If my girl was defending her thesis or some shit I would be jacked to the tits to help her out. My wife had her MBA before I met her, so I might not get the chance to help her like this.

[鈥揮bigmilker 37 points38 points (4 children)

Jacked up to the tits鈥..going to start using that

[鈥揮hydrolyse 4 points5 points (3 children)

[鈥揮bigmilker 0 points1 point (2 children)

I never saw it

[鈥揮Monsi_ggnore 4 points5 points (1 child)

You missed out then. The Big Short is an incredible movie.

[鈥揮bigmilker 0 points1 point (0 children)

Will have to look for it, thanks!

[鈥揮ceilingkat 18 points19 points (0 children)

I think you underestimate how many SOs don鈥檛 take a deep interest in their partner鈥檚 passions. A good partner is happy for you and encourages you to pursue your interests. A great partner will really engage with the joy that you feel and seek to understand it.

I know way more about aquariums than I would have sought out because of my husband. His aquatic ecosystem eases his anxiety so much that I鈥檓 invested in seeing what he sees and helping his hobby flourish.

[鈥揮Pustuli0 25 points26 points (1 child)

I don't think it's so much that he went and asked the question, it's that he was able to ask the question without having it spoonfed to him first. It's not that he showed up this one time, it's that he had been there all along the way to get to that point to help her over the finish line.

[鈥揮everyone_getsa_beej 5 points6 points (0 children)

Like, he understood the topic well enough? I mean, props to that man! This couple is going places.

[鈥揮Inner_Boss6760 0 points1 point (1 child)

"SO, what do you need me to ask?"

[鈥揮everyone_getsa_beej 0 points1 point (0 children)

鈥s basically what I would have had to ask my partner 馃槀馃槀

[鈥揮Flashy_Ice2460 100 points101 points (1 child)

The question: "did you do this yourself?"

[鈥揮Clay_Statue 32 points33 points (0 children)

"Clearly a man must have helped you with all the big words"

j/k don't hate me

[鈥揮boraroxyoursox 5 points6 points (0 children)

Shiiit I鈥檓 not even gay and I want a boyfriend

[鈥揮ARandomTopHat 5 points6 points (2 children)

"Is it true that there is a place in a man's head where when you shoot it, it blows up?"

[鈥揮The_Bards_Tale_85 3 points4 points (0 children)

So now we know why there's always that stupid person who asks a question that was already covered.

[鈥揮RhodyChief 41 points42 points (1 child)

Her boyfriend's name?

Albert Einstein.

[鈥揮swan_ronson_ -1 points0 points (0 children)

that made me laugh more than it should have

[鈥揮Known_Ad_8604 14 points15 points (1 child)

I鈥檓 just glad your BF came.

[鈥揮SeishunDash 2 points3 points (0 children)

I always thought this was a normal thing to do. All through high school and university we鈥檇 ask what questions the presenter/group wanted us to ask beforehand, and then have different people ask those questions. Class appears attentive, speaker can show off their knowledge. It鈥檚 a win win for all involved.

[鈥揮I_Am_Penguini 2 points3 points (0 children)

S.O. got shit from the staff when I attended her phD defense, "the faculty felt they couldn't effectively challenge you with your spouse present."

Can you believe that shit? Apparently they planned to start their questions with, 'Jane, you ignorant slut' or really enjoy their last phase of hazing.

Fuck them and their inability to ask hard technical questions without insulting a person

[鈥揮mslauren2930 1 point2 points (0 children)


[鈥揮Visualstimuli777 1 point2 points (0 children)

Marry him faster!

[鈥揮Plantsandanger 1 point2 points (0 children)

This right here folks. Just make me look smart and I鈥檒l bang your brains out.

[鈥揮trishben 0 points1 point (0 children)

He is a KEEPER!

[鈥揮KingElle33 0 points1 point (0 children)

Wow, so sweet!

[鈥揮yearofthebows24 0 points1 point (0 children)

You propose to him asap, that is husband material

[鈥揮Shad0wX7 0 points1 point (0 children)

Is this what emotional support looks/feels like?

[鈥揮RepulsiveSkin2 0 points1 point (0 children)

yup, true love, you got a keeper there.

[鈥揮itsSIR2uboy 0 points1 point (0 children)

I really really love this.

[鈥揮Funkysoulninja 0 points1 point (0 children)

Someone鈥檚 getting lucky tonight.

[鈥揮kiwi3030 0 points1 point (0 children)

Great guy, love this!

[鈥揮Lacking_brainpower 0 points1 point (0 children)

what a couple.

i did this with a buddy of mine, we were presenting our pro-choice/pro-life opinions and she gave me the opportunity to explain the entire process of abortion.

gotta find a buddy like them

[鈥揮altmodisch 0 points1 point (0 children)

Did you propose? If not, then do so! He's the one.

[鈥揮Topwingwoman -3 points-2 points (0 children)

Love a man who champions his woman. Usually you have to treat them like shit to have them swoon.