Julie Schumacher may have found another career as an author, but her experience in teaching at the University of Minnesota clearly hold special memories for her as shown in the adult coloring book that she authored, featuring therapy animals for stressed out students.
The illustrations for Schumacher’s book, Doodling for Academics, were done by Lauren Nassef. The artist used simple line drawings that were geared to poke some humor at the college life, more specifically, at the world that the professor of English and creative writing put together in the 2014 satire ‘Dear Committee Members’.
For those of you who are curious on what’s included in the book, this will have an image of a cross-section of the student’s brain, where ‘YouTube Binge’ and ‘Weekend Booze Run’ occupy the most space compared to ‘Assignments’.
Students were not only the ones featured in the book. Schumacher also had the brains of colleagues put up, similar to the cross section of that of the student, with the difference that this is occupied by ‘Pending Divorce’, ‘Hole in Favorite Pants’, and ‘Colonoscopy Results’.
Fifty-eight year old Schumacher was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor with her work, ‘Dear Committee Members’, which was a comic series. This features the protagonist Jason T. Fitgerm who is an English professional at some fictional school and his list of complaints about the institution that he was working in such as the constant renovation and lavish spending.
Her book ‘Doodling for Academics’ follows a similar theme, where the author implied lack of love for humanities and the art because of the preoccupation with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field.
This book is recommended for those who are interested to know some of the things that students or teachers experience in their campus life. Schumacher says that this is intended to be funny, either when you choose to use it with crayons or not.