Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Day of School

So, I do want to post about my wonderful day yesterday, because it was nice, but that will have to wait until I have pictures. A post about today being my first day of school for the year does not have to wait.

This is the first year in my memory that I was not looking forward to school starting. I have always looked forward to going back to school, at least some little part of me, you know, the excitement of new classes and new ideas, of getting back into a routine. But not this year. Not even a little part of me is excited. I am not excited about my course load. I am not excited about my teachers assistant assignment, and I am not excited about spending day in day out in Derby Hall trying to get work done.

The only thing I am excited about at all is getting to see my friends more, but thats more of a function of generals winding down than school starting.

So I have been trying to figure out all morning if this lack of excitement is a bad thing, or just something that is to be expected. Are there people out there that love going to work every morning? I wonder if people who are professors now still get excited for a new term. To me it just feels like same-old, same-old. My first day of the year is a big to-do list instead of just a big to-do. I have plenty of paperwork and bureaucratic nonsense to worry about.

I really do not want to go to my class at 1:30. It is graduate level microeconomics in the economics department. I will not know anyone there, and I do not know what to expect in terms of style or difficulty. Isn't not wanting to go to class supposed to enter sometime later in the year? Like towards the end of the quarter?


Oh well. Keep moving forward, eh? New student reception is this afternoon, and that always provides good foods and good drinks, and then I have a party - a cohort reunion celebrating everyone being done with written generals.


Wandering Explorer said...

Be strong, be strong. You may be surprised; classes could prove to be more interesting and they could draw you in.

How many years do you have left?

Manday said...

With a PhD, there is no defined number of years.

Assuming I pass generals, I have to turn in a dissertation proposal by this spring, and then however long it takes me to execute it. At OSU the average for my field is 6-7 years (so thats 4-5 more years counting this one).