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Tetzaveh: Dressed to Impress


When I attended my first graduate school interview, I was not wearing a blazer. Now, this might not come as a shock to those who know me well; if I could, I’d typically choose the most comfortable clothing available to me (shapeless dress, leggings, big cozy sweater, shoes that are really slippers for normal people). Donning my very first “interview blazer” marked a momentous milestone in my professional career, and seemed at the time a ridiculous, eye-roll-worthy sentiment designed to turn all of us interviewees into some sort of uniformed, shapeless mass of desperate future graduate students.

In retrospect, of course, I recognize that there is a profound psychology behind the concept, first written by Erasmus* that our perception of others is biased d