One of the biggest lessons I’m learning in grad school is time management … or, better put, how the absence of time management can really mess up every aspect of your life. Smiles.
Maybe every student has a semester that they didn’t do quite right … I think this is mine. I tried to pack in too many classes and too many jobs and here I am, barely half way through the semester, feeling like I’ve already run the marathon only to find this is just the turn-around point.
But just like a marathon (from what marathon-runners have told me), there’s a strange kind of high in there somewhere, too. Less than two months ago I was in Prague at a library conference. Today a whole gaggle of us are going to East St. Louis to survey community centers in low-income neighborhoods for computer labs. How cool is that? A few days ago I went to a lecture called “Visions of Time” given by a Princeton chronologist who, as if in irony, used faded black and white photocopied transparencies on a projector for his presentation. I realized that was the first projector I’ve seen in use for, oh, six years at least. It was like watching someone type on a typewriter. It put things in perspective for me during this crazy term of back-to-back scheduling. As fun as it’s been, next year I’m only taking 12 credits a term, tops.
Hopefully you’ll see some photos here soon of this weekend’s trip. Updates to come.