It’s been a while since I updated you on the goings on of grad school.
Kingston is finally warming up, albeit slowly. And, with the onset of spring, plans for spring and summer are starting to materialize, and I have some really fun things to look forward to! (Anyone else thinking Osheaga this August, too??)
The winter semester is all but three weeks away from being complete, and I have a ton left to do before April ends and it’s onto my masters project full-time. Let’s hope I make it to the end of the semester in one piece.
Here are a few new thoughts on grad school.
When my mentor asks about my progress on my thesis #whatshouldwecallgradschool
1. You actually end up falling in love with the library at some point.
I said early on in the year I didn’t know how to use the library, and that at 26 years of age, I finally learned how to navigate the academic library. Then I told you I actually borrowed books from the library. The new news is that I’ve become a bit of a book hoarder! I now love seeking out a hardbound volume at the library and I even know where to find things faster the more I visit. I don’t always love lugging the heavy books around, but oh those books. <3.
2. You love the money for TA’ing, but loathe having to do the actual TA’ing.
I actually enjoy grading, most of the time. Of course it always comes in waves when you have tight deadlines or other things going on, but let me assure you that it is really satisfying to read a good report or paper and as a result be able to give a great grade! Conversely, it really sucks to give someone a bad grade. The money is great (hello, unionization) and, contrary to popular belief, I find TA’ing pretty fun in a nerdy/privilege kind of way.
3. Your relationship with your supervisor is like a fine wine.
It gets better with age.
It’s also probably fair to compare your relationship with your supervisor with something else: a racetrack. Full of twists and turns along the way.
4. You dream of the summer semester for the free time it will obviously afford you.
Kidding! We all know there is going to be a ton of work to do come May, but we all secretly plan to read non-academic books by the lake while soaking up the sun and spending our evenings on patios.
We’ll see how that pans out….
(For previous “thoughts on grad school” posts, click for 1, 2, and 3).