The first two weeks of classes are under my belt and I’m feeling a little less overwhelmed. Texas History is incredibly interesting and spans the time period from the earliest arrival of humans in Texas (about 10,000 – 12,000 years ago from Siberia via the Bering Strait land bridge to the area in the Texas panhandle near the Canadian and Red River) through present-day Texas. The textbook is excellent — I highly recommend it for anybody interested in Texas history.
There’s a ton of reading in this class and I’m glad the subject matter and supplemental reading is interesting because it’s challenging to carve out the time for all of it.
As for Creative Writing, while it’s gotten better each day, it’s far from easy for me! For somebody who only writes creatively when the mood or the moment strikes, to be assigned something that requires creativity ON THE SPOT (we write something EVERY time we meet) is a much bigger challenge than I anticipated. I do see the value in it and I’m participating and keeping up, but if your perception was like mine — that it would be fun and self-indulgent — that’s only part of the bigger picture. It’s work. We can choose to explore the direction the writing assignment takes us, but it’s still an assignment. The reward is in the doing and in developing the writing (and editing and revising) habit. And by the end of the course, I’ll have a full portfolio of “finished” writing. I’m hoping to be brave enough to share my writing in this space.
But today? I’m just extremely glad it’s Friday and I have a weekend ahead of me.
One class. One class is all I’m taking and yet, with this new addition to my routine, it’s been a massive time management challenge — albeit a good one. I’m closing in on the last few weeks of school and have really enjoyed this class and looking forward to more in the summer and in the fall.
I could make the usual excuses for not blogging, but I won’t — I just haven’t made it a priority. I do miss it! I’m making a list of things I want (and need) to do as soon as school is out . . . and remembering that feeling of anticipation I used to have as a kid looking forward to the last day of school. It’s almost as good as the anticipation of the FIRST day of school. (I’m weird, I know).
There will be:
Knitting, reading, writing, manicures, pedicures, crochet, lunches with friends, visits to the dentist, doctor (I’m committed now), painting some rooms, deep cleaning . . .
Who knew that just one class could be so all-consuming!?
(I’m making a hard-won A as of this writing . . . so the energy and time investment is paying off)
I really didn’t intend to disappear for so long! I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to balance everything — school, work, family, and everything in between. It hasn’t been easy, but things are beginning to run more smoothly. School is going well and I’m adjusting to the work load. I try to reward myself with some knitting time while I’m studying, but it doesn’t always work out.
I’ll have a lot to share next week — it’s Spring Break! I’ve got knitting books to review, some interesting new information about my Japanese ancestry, and photos of finished projects. Meanwhile, just for fun, check out this learning styles questionnaire. What predominant learning styles are your default? I’d love to know — leave a comment if you feel comfortable doing so. I’ll share mine next time.
I’m still a little bit overwhelmed in Biology Lab, but it’s getting better. Doesn’t this specimen look gross? (It’s actually just . . . dirt).
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.” (Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Did you guess? I started back to school on Wednesday. My work is cut out for me. It’s been a very, very long time since I was a college student and I was a little bit anxious about the whole thing. But everything has been okay. I’ll be taking a few core classes before I get to the fun stuff, but I’m excited and hopeful about this new path. I’ll still be blogging and knitting, but some of my posts might be about . . . school.
Thank you all for the supportive and encouraging comments on my previous post. You continue to affirm for me that blogging is a positive force and that we gain so much from one another through what we share, selective as it can be sometimes. I value each one of you and take your words and sentiments with me when I read them.