Surely, I am ready for the coming semester. Readers, doesn’t it seem like I’ve been in graduate school forever? It’s supposed to only take two years and I’ve been going at it since January 2004. I have attended six residencies already, and have completed four semesters, with two to go. I had to do two extra because I changed concentration (from fiction to creative nonfiction) halfway through.
I made the decision to drop the last semester at the end of March. I was having too many problems. What have I done since then? Wasted time? Sat around feeling sorry for myself? Stayed in bed?
Perhaps I did stay in bed at times, but here’s what else I did: I have continued to do my teaching every Thursday. I knitted a sweater or two for Puzzle. I started a sweater for myself. I revised and then completed a chapter of my thesis. I photographed people and pets in my building, a total of four sittings, and “developed” the photographs myself. Most came out to my satisfaction and the satisfaction of others. I took a rigorous online digital photography course that included learning Photoshop Elements, and passed. I successfully touched up some new and old photographs. I took hundreds of photographs of Puzzle. I set up a website for my friends that will be running in full capacity in September.
I must say, Puzzle is awfully cute. But that aside, I think it’s time to focus my efforts and hit the books. I’ll be ready, come July, to return to school.