Musings: On coming back to school for my last semester and why I have been gone for two weeks

Those of you who have been keeping up with my book clubs episodes will know that I returned to school last weekend.  The week leading up to that was me frantically trying to get everything in order that I needed, this week consisted of going to classes getting a handle on my new schedule and settling in.

I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself so I haven’t been posting.  That is going to be my approach to this semester.  There are things that I want to do, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t get to them.  I have to prioritize after all.  School and homework comes first.  Then book club stuff, then blog stuff.

That being said.  Gretchen from My Life is a Notebook and I have decided we want to work towards a partnership of a sort.  We are going to be making more videos for you guys.  Either together or separately using my account so that we can both keep up with content and maybe get you guys some cool new content.

If you don’t know who Gretchen is then please, go and check her out.  She is one of the founding members of my book club and one of my dearest friends.  On top of that she really, REALLY, loves YA literature.  I know that isn’t exactly my forte but that is why we want to combine.  Together we can cover a wide variety of genres and themes and give more interesting perspectives on both.

On top of that both Gretchen and Taylor and I have agreed that we want to do book club a little more often.  We were thinking that maybe once a month we could have all read a book and will get together to live stream a discussion of it (and now that we are all 21 it might involve alcohol *ahem* most likely will involve alcohol).  So you can look forward to that.

I hope my last semester is a good one and doesn’t kill me.  That would really suck.  Sorry, I’ve been gone and hopefully I can keep things up here. this semester, no promises though.

I hope those of you who are going back to school have a good semester and those who are done with it, a good week! Talk to you soon.


This isn’t a Sunday Spam

Not even in the slightest.  My holiday has been filled with things and running around as it always is.  I’m still recovering from last semester.  I am trying to prepare for next semester.  I wanted to do a December wrap up post when I never even finished my November one.

Honestly I will do these things.  I will get them together for you.  I plan on it.  I am free most of this week and will put in the time here.  Hopefully.

I’ve been doing a lot of really great things for the Bibliomancy book club.  We have a twitter exclusively for that now so if you only want to get book club news you should go follow @bibliomancy101 and while you are reading your books if you live tweet you should use the hashtag #beginbibliomancy.  We also have a Vine and an Instagram which are both @bibliomancy4beginners.

We did one episode which I am sure you guys saw and another one is in the works for next week.  If you need an excuse to read American Gods by Neil Gaiman this is it.  Get to it!  If you already read it you should come back next week for our video discussion.  All of the links and stuff will be presented to you through the bibliomancy twitter or my own twitter, whichever you prefer.

I have plans for upcoming posts I just need to take the time to put the words on the page.  It will get done I promise.  TT.TT



Monday Musings: The Graduate School Fair Recap Edition

So last Tuesday with my Anthropology Capstone class I attended my schools Graduate School Fair.

Essentially they get a bunch of colleges and universities with graduate programs to send a recruiter with pamphlets about the programs their school offers and you can learn a little bit about those programs that way.

Now the problem with this is that so many of us have no freaking clue what we want to do and those that due know what they want to do probably have a very specific list of schools they want to go to.

Graduate school isn’t like Undergraduate you can do your undergraduate education just about anywhere and it will be more or less the same, now obviously some school have better programs in a specific field than others but most colleges have most programs in one form or another.

When applying for Graduate school you are applying for a very specific program to do a very specific thing.

Before attending I had to sit in my room with everything shut off and rather than think about what I wanted to do I had to think about where I wouldn’t hate being every single day of my life.  This is a major decision, it costs a lot of money and its specialized training you need to know what you want to do, not to mention that if you don’t have a very clear goal in mind you would probably get rejected from most schools in the first place.

I eventually ended up with a book store or a library.  That was a starting place and while I think I would make a great children’s librarian, it is something I’m passionate about it doesn’t include everything I want so I thought a little harder.  It is clear that I care more about my English degree than I do about my anthropology degree.  While I really love anthropology and I think it helped sculpt not only the way I look at the world but the way I look at literature I don’t think I could do it every day for the rest of my life.  I could do things with books every day for the rest of my life, I’ve been doing that for most of my life already any way.

It was when I started doing research for my anthropology work that really set off what I think I want to do.  I think that I would enjoy translating texts from East Asian languages.  I have been teaching myself Korean, which is going … slowly … but it is going, I also want to learn Japanese and Mandarin.  I was looking for Korean texts that have been translated into English and there aren’t very many of them, not only are there not many of them but they haven’t been read by many people.

I know that there are probably a lot of really great writers that people are missing out on.  I know that I haven’t read many translated texts and I really think that reading something written by somebody whose life is so fundamentally different from your own is important.  I care about what people in other countries think about.  Is it actually that different from my own interpretation of the world?

I think that I could do this.  There is a gap in the market that I think I could fill easily.

Now a new problem arises.  I’m trying to find schools at the grad fair that have translation studies, and even programs that have nothing to do with our fair but might have translation studies programs and there are not very many.  Those that I do find are primarily in Spanish, French and German translation.  Just imagine me sitting at my computer making an extremely grumpy face.

The one school that was at our fair with a translation studies program would allow me to sort of build my own program, I would take the classes in comparative literature and on translation mechanics as it were but I would then also be taking East Asian studies classes and language classes that were different from all my peers.  It is unconventional, but possible.

I’m keeping my options open, but really I feel like I’m running out of time.

There are so many major decisions that I have to make in such a short amount of time and I don’t know if I’m ready to make them.  I am petrified that I will make a mistake.

From what I hear this is extremely common, but it isn’t particularly helpful.

I might be having miner existential crises.  It’s fine, really.  It will be fine right?

I hope you guys are had a great weekend and will continue to have a great week!  I actually have a book review for you guys on Wednesday.  I know!  Remember when I did that!


Mon-Tuesday Musings: The I Got a Sunburn Waiting to Have my Picture Taken Edition

Yesterday was my first day back to work.  I drove back up to school on Saturday alone, moved all of my things in … alone.

I am glad to have my own room for this year, and it is nice to have my friends so close, but I don’t know if this will be a curse or a blessing as of yet in the department of my being stressed.

Sunday was mostly lounging around and finishing up some of the things I needed to do for my room.  Nothing too exciting.  Yesterday on the other hand, was extremely stressful.

Like I said, it was back to work for returner training.  Which is less training and more learning about any changes in our department for the coming semester and hashing out schedules.  One of the things we do while we are all there is to take a group picture with our entire department for the ITS website.

Our department was one of the last to be called to take part in that photo shoot.  Which meant we were standing outside while all of the other departments had their picture taken.  My shoulders are burnt.  One more than the other, (I think my purse actually saved some of my skin).  My nose and cheeks are a tad pink as well.  I am not really in pain which is good.  It is just annoying to be this sensitive to the sun.

Guys, I know us gingers look cool and all with our red hair, but it sucks not being able to stand outside in the summer for even a few minutes without causing yourself butt loads of pain later.

I save myself that pain by mostly staying inside.  I’m allergic to almost everything outside, the sun hurts me, it just works out better if I stay inside.  It’s not bad really.  Though some will say it is a sad existence.

I’m going to go and force Taylor to write up a review for John Dies at the End because it doesn’t look like we will be getting a video up for it.  Gretchen is out of touch in England and probably never even read the book.  Taylor and I care about our audience.  We always read the book.  Well, there are some books we give up on, but there has to be a legitimate reason for that other than … I just didn’t read it.  We at least try.

I will talk to you guys soon!  I hope you have a good week.  If you are going back to school good luck!  Wish me luck as my classes begin tomorrow.