The Autumn of My Disconnect

With apologies to Billy Shakes for the paraphrase, I think this will be my “semester of disconnect” at FIMS. 

  • I've got two classes at Somerville House up in UGG-ville
  • I've also got one evening class and one distance class so only need to be at the North Campus Building one day per week (in the purest sense of “day” ie. when lots of other people are around) for class
  • The past two semesters, I tended to have one class that would be a bit easier for me (and occasionally another class might turn out to be easier than I expected) which helped take some of the pressure off doing the “Suicide Five”.  But so far, none of my classes seem like they'll be that class this semester and in terms of workload, just based on the first week of classes and seeing the syllabii, this will likely be my hardest semester by far
  • Most of my cohort are off on co-op so even though I have lots of friends ahead of and behind me, there's a gap among the core group I started with
  • The new student
    lounge is a lot bigger and actually has a window (!) but is much more
    inconveniently located, being about as far from the rest of the MLIS
    classrooms/computer labs/resource materials as it could be while still
    remaining in the same building.  So I don't know how much time I'll spend there compared to the last two terms 
  • And on top of all of that, I think I'm going to be busy with a lot of external stuff – the job hunt, student council, a couple other things I've got in the air – which will likely reduce my “hang out and chat” time that was such an important part of my last two semesters

Or maybe I just hate that today is so cold and rainy and crappy out and am feeling a bit worn out already?  Yeah, that could be it too!

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    oh jason! don't sound so down and depressed! we'll still get together to DRINK. you'll have to committ to holding regular hours at the Grad CLub so our cohort (what's left of us!) can get caught up.
    But I hear you. This third semester seems very off-kilter. At least you haven't given up the blog….hang in there!

    Posted 12 Sep 2006 at 11:32 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    That probably came across as a lot more self-pitying than it should have. So to counter, here's five things I'm looking forward to this semester:
    1. Being on student council. For all my bitching about how ineffective and misguided they were in a lot of ways the last two semesters, here's my opportunity to put my money where my mouth is and try to do some things that will help students in the future and hopefully permanently. I'm debaating whether to go public with my “10 Things To Change on Student Council” list but I think I'll keep that close to the vest for the time being. Regular readers of this blog should be able to guess, oh, seven of them.
    2. Graduating and having a Masters degree. *Never* in a million years did I think I would have a Masters degree (strangely, even as I thought about MLIS programs, as far back as my undergrad days ten years ago – but those two opposite ideas never connected. Or I thought I'd never get accepted. Or something.)
    3. Genealogy, which was my seventh pick, looks like it could be one of my most enjoyable classes.
    4. Having a reading week this (and now, each) semester is a great change by the department (even though I know I have two classes scheduled that week and one that's a minor conflict with a trip I want to make to Toronto for a concert.)
    5. Sitting at the Grad Club and drinking beer with Linda and anyone else from my cohort or the program who joins me. I'll always remember Mike McArthur in his last semester (my first), sitting at the Grad Club at 1pm ordering another beer with David and I and observing “Nope, you can't do this in the working world…”

    Posted 13 Sep 2006 at 1:07 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Yes you can! You just have to be sly…. šŸ˜€
    And don't worry homes, the last semester is a goddamn hump, BUT at the end, it is over and then you can check out and spy on other people and go “hahahahha. poooor saps stuck in school”. Actually, I'd give quite a lot to be back at the grad club having my 11 AM'r and waiting for you guys to get out of class to join me.
    Cheers!
    David

    Posted 13 Sep 2006 at 3:43 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    That's a good point. I guess I did have the occasional two martini lunch in my working days. (Except replace “martini” with “pint”. And “two” with “as many as I could fit in during said lunch without appearing too lushious”)
    It's crazy how fast this year has gone. It seems like yesterday, I was this fresh-faced wannabe librarian bopping along. Now I'm a grizzled old veteran of the FIMS trenches.

    Posted 13 Sep 2006 at 9:12 pm
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