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no first day of school

I am a little sad that there's no first day of school for me this year. Everyone is getting books, buying clothes, laying out the course schedules... I am done. Gaining only the education that life can give me, and the flying lessons which depend on my schedule. Flying lessons had no first day of school or exciting class full of people to meet, no outline with due dates. Just me, and airplane, and some guy. I couldn't even blog about the anticipation of it, if you remember, my first entry about flying was that I FLEW because there were no guarantees ever that it would actually happen or the weather would hold.

There's a classroom groundschool study starting up at my flight school. I'm doing groundschool on CDs, watching videos on my computer, but maybe it'd be fun for me to sit in a class with people. It's only one night a week every other week. Maybe I'll sit in at least.

Egads, remember how much I hated grad school? But every year around this time I was ready to go back. Spring semester is a total pain in the ass that I never liked... it's cold and windy and drags. But this fall one is hot for a good month, you take off from work, drive to campus, park and take a nice long walk to the engineering building. Maybe get a coffee at the student union. Find your way to class and pick a seat near the front. Double-check to make sure the book is labeled with a name. See if there's anybody you recognize from last year.

At college you all know why you're here and what you're supposed to do. Everyone is there by choice. We're competing, but we're all there together. Nobody will get laid off from it, it's your job to absorb and they can't stop you. All around are the idealistic youth without homes or families to worry about. We just worry about ourselves. Education is an indulgence in so many ways. How could I not miss it? How could I not be addicted?


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Aug. 17th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Three letters for ya, PHD. Just sayin'

-Mike L.
Aug. 17th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I hear what you mean...IT'S MY LAST ONE! *sob*
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm all about the new school year until I get the bill for my textbooks. Oy.
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of the same way. When schools not in session, or when I have a semester with only research and no real classes, I kind of feel... lost? Like I don't have guidance or direction, not sure what to do with myself! Partly because I don't have a job outside of school like you do, I'm sure that helps because it steals a lot of your time and brain power.

But of course, I also complain once the semester gets into full swing and all the homework, tests, studying kicks in and takes time away from things that are more important. I love learning, and I know I wouldn't make as much time for it if I weren't forced to... but... I dunno. Maybe you can make some sense out of this paragraph :P

Actually, my professor is making me take the class she's offering this semester. I was upset about it at first, since technically I'm DONE with real classes and only need research hours from here on out until graduation... but now I'm kind of looking forward to it. A few of my labmates are also taking the class, so we're sharing the cost of the books, and I've looked through them and they seem quite interesting :) Now I'm just looking at it as a fun class to take to raise my PhD GPA before graduation :P
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I know just what you mean about education and classes. I start class in the fall again. At times last year was a bitch but I'm still looking forward to doing it all over again.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm always secretly excited about the beginning of a new school year, even as I grow increasingly ambivalent about grad school. I was talking to some people yesterday who had the good sense to get jobs after college and one of them said she missed school. I said I do too, which elicited an odd look. "Oh, right," I said. "I mean I miss college."
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