I’m caught up with my studies! 😀
Earlier tonight, I lay down in bed to warm up and didn’t get back up until about 9:30 PM, meaning that it’s very possible that I won’t be able to fall asleep until after 2 AM. 😛 Given that, I’ve decided to let myself have a break, and chill here with my anti-blue-light glasses. Of course, I’m kind of fragmented at the moment (too much chocolate, and disorganized sleep), so I keep moving in and out of this room to talk with people. 🙂 And playing around with my SUPA-cheap sketchbook. 😉 (Which I have some idea how to use, now, thanks to a lecture by Bill Buxton! Again, I’m shown the difference between Art and Design…)
I know that I really need to clean and reorganize my office, and then clean and reorganize my bedroom. Both spaces are very cluttered. Though I roughly know what is in each pile, I may not remember where they are after I put them away!
I also need to reorganize the shelves in my office (not to mention, my files — I suspect there is much in there which is unnecessary to keep, at this point; and many folders can be migrated there). I have been keeping copies of my textbooks…and the collection is growing. It’s starting to get me to think that I’ll need to move some of the more esoteric stuff onto another shelf. And I’m sure the receipt litter will get to me when things are mostly clear.
What’s really striking me, though…is that I’m really enjoying my Web Design and Web Usability classes, and have been able to cross-fertilize that with my Digital Archives class. Not to mention, I’m fairly certain that keeping up this blog has prepared me for writing with relative ease, when I need to. The difficult part of that is editing my copy down to something others won’t be too intimidated to read. 🙂 (I recently wrote 2+ single-spaced pages for an assignment on which most people spent two or three paragraphs. No one commented; this is likely because no one read it.) 😛
Classes for next semester aren’t set for me yet, though I have some idea of what I’ll need to take if I want to be a competent Librarian, in addition to having Digital proficiencies.
Kind of a pain around this, though, is that I get the sense that one is never fully prepared to take on a new job when dealing with cutting-edge technology. It seems there’s always something new to learn…not that this conflicts with my tendencies, but when foundational/recommended classes are changed out from under you, it’s kind of annoying. (What would people graduating this semester in tech-heavy specializations feel, I wonder, knowing that people who came in later will learn something they won’t?)
It’s all relative, isn’t it? Maybe I shouldn’t be too upset, and just plan on continuing education. I did enter the program quite a while ago, after all…
The thing I had been upset about: one class which has been recommended to newer admits into the program is inaccessible if one needs financial aid from the State to cover tuition and fees. It just isn’t given to people who don’t have independent sources of cash.
I already have two classes lined up for next Summer (when the rules are different and I can take classes from this category); and they’ll likely be kickers. I don’t think I’ll have the time to take a third (and still stay employed)…although I might be able to swing it in the Summer after graduation, before I’m too settled in a permanent job.
I do need to be thinking ahead to employment, though. There is some more material I may have to give, here, but it’s on sketching and Design (quick/dirty/fast/iterative), and I’m not sure I can articulate it at this hour.
And then there are books…which I check out from the Library and then don’t read, because I’m too busy working through classes. The nihongo-learning ones and the sewing one…I might be tempted by, but I am realistically not sure how much time I’ll have for either Japanese-language acquisition or sewing, until the start of Winter Break.
Well, I guess it isn’t as though I’m wasting my time.
I think the brain-fog is hitting me, so I’ll sign off, now…just a note, though: I haven’t been able to keep to the schedule I’ve talked about recently, and still get my work done. It’s ideal, and it works when I’m not busy…but I’m busy!