Panic

This week was hell. One thing that puts it into perspective for me is that five students died in a fire in off-campus housing over the weekend. It was even the one kid’s birthday. And to make it worse (as if) — it was arson. I can’t even fathom how their families are doing. If that happened to one of my kids…Dear God in heaven, be with them, stick to them like glue.

But besides that I’ve been in a panic state from getting two D’s in a row in my History class and I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. He’s letting us re-write these but if I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, what’s the point? I had an appointment with Dr. Schneir and between him and Guenther I think I got some perspective back about being in school. I’m supposed to be doing this because I love to learn, but I got all caught up in proving that I can DO this! I’ve been a quitter all my life—well, maybe not a quitter exactly, but it sure has been hard to get a fire lit under myself. So I really want to see this through. And I want to enjoy it. But what is my long-term goal? And do I even WANT to have one?

Academia

Trying to do homework and feeling overwhelmed. Strangely enough it hasn’t been the German that has been causing me the most anxiety; it has been the papers (short essays and precis) I have to write for my history course. I don’t seem to know how to write “academically”. Or at least that’s what I fear. I haven’t seen my grade on my first essay yet and I haven’t had the appointment with my history professor from last quarter to discuss why my grade wasn’t as high as I had anticipated.

I’ve been writing all along, and been published here and there, too. But maybe I missed the lessons about how to satisfy one’s professors so that they think that YOU are thinking the way THEY think. Ya think?

Back To/In School

After thirty years, I’m back in school. In a way I feel as if I’m just picking up where I left off. It’s a shock when I remember that the last time I walked this campus it was 1971. What are the differences? The similarities? Where do I start??