As usual, I’m having difficulties focusing on my studies. Thus, I’m doing this; maybe expressing my feelings and words will help start my brain up!
One of my professors from undergrad, Dr. Huggins, regularly posts his thoughts on Wednesdays (ish) in response to a prompt from From This Side of the Pond. Since I’m no where near a regular blogger, I need some prompting to help me develop the habit! Hence my taking a leaf out of his book and trying it out myself. Let’s see if it sticks…
- February ended with an extra 24 hours in 2016. What did you do with your bonus day?
I wouldn’t call it a “bonus” day; it was just like any other day in grad school for me. I taught College Algebra, had four hours of class, dealt with inter-departamental drama, and worked in the math lab for three hours.
- What’s something in your life that’s grown by leaps and bounds in recent days, weeks, months, or years? I’m giving you lots of room to come up with an answer here, so no fair passing on this one.
In recent years, my self confidence and willingness to be myself has grown by leaps and bounds. While I still suffer somewhat from social anxiety, for the most part I’m okay (even excited!) to be my crazy self when around new people.
- Do you read reviews about a film before deciding if you’ll see it? Did you watch The Oscars this year, and if so your thoughts on the program? How many of the Best Picture nominees had you seen prior to the broadcast? (Spotlight, The Martian, The Big Short, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, and Brooklyn) If you watched The Oscars who gets your award for ‘best dressed’?
Not usually, no. Generally, when I go to see a movie, it’s because someone else wants a buddy to go with them. Otherwise, it’s something I’m obsessed with and will go to regardless of the reviews, such as The Force Awakens or the remake of Annie that came out a few years ago. To that end, I haven’t seen any of the “Best Picture” nominees, nor did I watch the Oscars.
- When did you last have overnight houseguests? Give us your top three tips on being a good houseguest.
Hmm… the last time I had an overnight houseguest was when my mom visited me in Iowa last August. To be a good houseguest, generally I try to clean up after myself, not interfere with the general running of a household, and always always always say thank you as you leave.
- March 2nd is Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Will you be celebrating? If so, would you prefer a home made peanut butter cookie, a Reese’s peanut butter cup, an old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or shall I just hand you a jar and a tablespoon?
Well, I totally missed this. Give me a PB&J any day; it’s basically my favorite snack that I eat on a regular basis.
- Why is failure important? Or isn’t it?
Failure is totally important because that is how you learn. We’re trained from a young age to expect perfection, settle for nothing less than an A, and be as perfect as humanly possible. That’s poppycock; while it’s important to try your best, it’s even more important to fail and learn from your mistakes. That’s where the real growth takes place; if you’re too afraid to fail, you’ll never break out of the mould and try something new.
These past couple weeks, my advisor has been really pushing me to learn how to write clearer. If you know me, you know I pride myself on my writing and grammar skills, so this has been an exceptionally difficult challenge, especially since I don’t completely understand the material I’m taking notes on. It’s a frustrating experience, but it’s also been wicked enlightening to see that I really do have room for dramatic growth in this area. It’s almost like my advisor knows what he’s doing… crazy.
- Share with us one fun thing on your March calendar.
Spring break!!! Nothing crazy will happen, but I cannot wait until next week when I get the chance to relax and catch up on all of my work, taxes, and leisure reading that I have on backlog. It’s going to be magical.
- Insert your own random thought here.
Grad school has been tough these last few weeks. I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of work that I have to do that I, quite honestly, don’t understand to the point where I can’t seem to get started on anything. It’s a really frustrating experience, especially because I gave up coffee for Lent. Coffee has been my go-to beverage since my senior year of undergrad, comforting in its warmth and invigorating in its caffeine content. However, that comfort turned into an unhealthy obsession; I was drinking between four and six cups a day! So, I’ve given it up for the period of Lent, meaning I have to rely on Christ to comfort and fuel me through these stressful experiences. I know through Him, I can accomplish anything if it is His will, but man. The struggle bus is real.