I’m offically halfway through my first semester of graduate school right now. I’ve had a bit of a break this week, since one of my professors was out of town (plus I was sick). I think I only went to two classes this week out of a possible ten. In some ways, I hoped things would be different by now: I still don’t have a job (just found out the latest lead went bust), I’ve strayed somewhat from the enthusiasm I had for my studies for the first month or so, and I haven’t made a lot of friends at school.
Despite all this, I am enjoying myself. I know I need to step up the amount of work I’m doing, but right now my classes aren’t demanding. That’s about to change due to a switch to a new professor in one class and starting to buckle down on a seminar paper for another. Academic motivation, here I come!
In case you’re curious, my current classes are:
ENG 600 – Fundamentals of Research
ENG 328 – Structure of American English
ENG 614 – Teaching ESL Writing
If everything works out the way it should, next semester I’ll take:
COM 322: Intercultural Communication
ENG 417: Second Language Acquisition
ENG 635: Issues in ESL/EFL
ENG 684: Internship in Teaching ESL
…plus beginning Chinese. It’s fairly certain we won’t be going to China for the Peace Corps, but I’ve decided I want to take it anyway.