9.14.2009

here i go!

School starts today!

I won't normally have classes on Monday; since I work all weekend, I didn't schedule any classes on Mondays or Fridays. But this week there are a bunch of special workshops and orientations, plus a combined lecture for all incoming iSchool students. The combined lecture is great for me - it means I didn't miss classes while we were in New Mexico, as I originally was going to.

So this is a bit of a hell week for me, but it's only one week.

Here's a cool bit. A long-time wmtc reader and blog-friend, Lisa, will be my classmate! Lisa, also changing career directions, did a college course to become a library tech. Now she's working at the University of Toronto library and getting her Master's degree to become a librarian. We've never met in person, but soon will. Small, small world.

I'm pleased to report that I'm a lot less nervous than I thought I'd be. I'm nervous, for sure. I mean, how could I not be? I'm anxious about the time factor - how I'm going to handle the increased work load, and get enough rest for my health, and still enjoy my life. And right now, my stomach is in knots.

But I'm not crazy-anxious, not sick-anxious. Deep down, I know that I'll take it as it comes, and figure it out as I go along. Ah, the joys of age. I'm also so fortunate to have a great support network, from my partner, from my family via long-distance, from Campaign friends, and from you all (with some overlap there).

So here I go.

20 comments:

penlan said...

Have a great day & an excellent semester!! - wear your backpack with pride. ;)

impudent strumpet said...

Bon voyage!

James said...

Hope you have fun with the classes. Let us know if we can do anything for you, eh?

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

You'll do great! I'm a big believer in life-long learning. I'm pretty much always in school myself. It will be really fun. Learning is one of the joy's of life.

L-girl said...

Thank you everyone. :)

SF Red Sox, I agree, and have never stopped learning, through reading, travel, activism, etc. But this is my first time in a classroom in 27 years!

bgk said...

Enjoy that backpack full of books. Tomorrow's back to French Class for me.

Hope all is well in your world!

*HUGS* from a fellow Student Over the Traditional Age who gets much reassurance from your blog.

Lisa said...

"But I'm not crazy-anxious, not sick-anxious. Deep down, I know that I'll take it as it comes, and figure it out as I go along. Ah, the joys of age."

That's pretty much how I'm feeling!

Also, the courses themselves seem interesting...I was very encouraged by the readings lists of the intro courses.

There's an upper year course about "community informatics" that focuses on online communities, and community development. It looks fun! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_informatics

Amy said...

I can't wait to hear how it goes! I am excited for you and more than a bit envious....I loved school (except law school), and although I have continued to be "at school" for my career, there is nothing that beats being a student in my book. Have fun, enjoy the ride, and try not to think ahead about the stuff that makes you at all anxious. One day at a time...

L-girl said...

*HUGS* from a fellow Student Over the Traditional Age who gets much reassurance from your blog.

Thank you bgk!! It makes me very happy to hear that. Best of luck to you in your journey, too.

That's pretty much how I'm feeling!

Excellent!

Also, the courses themselves seem interesting...I was very encouraged by the readings lists of the intro courses.

Hmm... wish I was. But maybe the actual courses will interest me more. I hope so.

Amy, thank you very much. I don't know that there's much to be envious about. As I said to M@, if I were studying literature or history, sure. But this is strictly a means to an end to improve my life. The courses themselves strike me as a treatment for insomnia.

But I might be wrong about that, I hope so. And in any case, it's an adventure, and I'm up for that.

L-girl said...

I love how Imp Strump said "Bon Voyage".

johngoldfine said...

Laura--what's your ambition as a librarian: reference, kids, administration, --? Or are those meaningless categories nowadays?

johngoldfine said...

...and how's the ankle? Library-ready?

Amy said...

Laura, I felt that way about law school (though I went in with higher expectations). I hope your experience exceeds your expectations. Maybe it is better to start off realistically and be pleasantly surprised.

Scott M. said...

How'd it go?

Congratulations from the Nation's Capital.

Some Person said...

Don't forget to bring an apple.

L-girl said...

Laura--what's your ambition as a librarian: reference, kids, administration, --? Or are those meaningless categories nowadays?

They're not meaningless - in fact, there are so many more categories these days. I know I want to work in a public library, but that's really all I know so far.

I have a deep affinity for young adults and YA lit, so that seems a natural fit for me. But that fine-tuning is a long way off, so I don't really think about it yet.

...and how's the ankle? Library-ready?

See most recent post. :)

L-girl said...

Laura, I felt that way about law school (though I went in with higher expectations). I hope your experience exceeds your expectations. Maybe it is better to start off realistically and be pleasantly surprised.

That sounds about right. This wouldn't be my first choice for study - and if there was a way I could make this career change without this educational piece, I'd do it. But if I enjoy the classes, that will be a bonus.

Kim_in_TO said...

When I was doing my Linguistics degree, there was a course called "Historical and Comparative Linguistics", which I think was not mandatory but highly recommended in 2nd or 3rd year. It sounded so dry, I was looking for an excuse to drop it before it started. All of my non-Linguist friends told me to drop it when they heard the title.

I did take it and ended up enjoying it immensely. That was an important lesson for me - about keeping an open mind before things start.

(A year or two later, I told one professor about this, and she changed the course title. It's now called "Language Change".)

Anyway, I hope you have many similar experiences! All the best for a great year.

L-girl said...

Kim, your comment is very relevant to something else I'll be posting soon. It's in drafts but I will finish it tomorrow.

James said...

"Historical and Comparative Linguistics" sounds completely fascinating to me. But then again, I just finished reading The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings.