I’m sure there are some academics who surround themselves in real life with like-minded and -educated individuals, but I refuse to do so. While, yes, it can be frustrating at times to find that no one around you is interested in hearing about that documentary on Netflix, that is one of the glorious things about the Internet: anyone can find a community of individuals who share her interests, no matter how obscure they may be.
Until now, I have written very little here about my studies, mainly because I started this blog at the close of the spring semester. Writing during the summer requires very little dedication, because all the hours are there: comprising a vast space filled with nothing but possibility. But when school is in session those same hours shrink in the wake of academic reading and writing, like cells exposed to salt.
“I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
For any normal semester, I enroll in twelve credit hours: the minimum amount required to achieve full-time status. With this one being the last on the road to my BA, however, I went against my own good advice to sign up for not only four regular classes, but an internship as well. Once you consider the fact that I am studying to take the GRE in October, you can see how much work I have ahead of me.
So, in light of the realization that Fall 2014 is going to be a busier time for me than usual, I felt it necessary to touch on any changes coming to the blog from now until the end of the year.
- Because all of my courses are writing-intensive, the Essays – Academic category—which is, at the time of this writing, untouched—will be quickly fleshed out over the next fifteen weeks.
- Expect a lot of Scraps about curating digital materials once my internship takes off.
- Although I won’t be reading much for pleasure, I will have at least two—and probably many more—new book reviews before the end of the year.
- Words on Wednesdays will most likely be more narrowed in scope than the word lists I now post, featuring a few poetic or critical terms.
As you’ve probably already gleaned from the above bullet points, I won’t be posting many articles or professional essays during this time. I’ll try not to start every post with “This semester,” so I hope you guys will not be bored out of your minds for the next fifteen weeks.
So, please, stick around. Your views and comments are always encouraging.
What do you have planned for this fall? Let me know in the comments!