Updated: Nov 10, 2018
Well, I survived week 1. Thankfully, our professor's agenda for the week eased us into the graduate program. I for one am thankful. The jitters have calmed down a bit. The thing that surprised me the most was the reading assignment. At first, 107 pages of reading seemed overwhelming. I'm not one who skims over the reading, looking for key works or phrases. I have to read every work. I pride myself in reading, for as a child, reading was the only avenue I could call a vacation. As I read, I found myself enthralled in the book. This wasn't the typical textbook reading that you placed a pot of coffee to help you get through the reading. It was exciting to read, at least for me.I began to highlight passages that jumped out at me, I went back and reread a the page. With school back in full swing, reading time will be precious, but read I will.
We also had 2 discussion boards to write, read other entries and comment on at least 2. My feeling are that if my classmates write a post, they deserve my attention to read it. I commented on many post, more than the 2 required, but I had to make sure I paid attention to my responses. I call them my squirrel moments. Easily diverting to something new that enters my field of vision, just like a squirrel. My wife calls it adult ADHD. She's only a licensed social worker and school counselor, what does she know, even if she is right. Easily distracted. I've had to work all my life to stay focused on the task at hand. I did go have to go back and edit a post or 2 after I posted it. I find I have to set my routine if I'm going to survive the next 18 months. Read posts daily, carry my book so I can read when the class period allows, keep a notepad handy so I can jot a thought when it occurs as I tend to forget it if I don't write it down. If you don't document it, it didn't happen, so write it down.