Not taking this semester off after all
September 24, 2008
So I’m a graduate student. I mention school every now and then, and usually with some sort of disdain. I work full time in an office and attend classes on a part-time basis. I go to the University of Pennsylvania for Environmental Studies, with my concentration being Environmental Policy. I still don’t really know why I’m in grad school, and I constantly go back and forth over whether or not I’m actually enjoying it. Don’t get me wrong, I am an environmentalist through and through, but without career aspirations why should I go to grad school? *shrug* Cause that’s what you’re supposed to do after you graduate with a bachelor’s in English, right?
Anyways. A few weeks ago, my advisor confirmed that I am 1 course and 1 capstone project (think thesis) away from graduating. When the heck did that happen?! The deadline for submitting my capstone proposal is December 2008, in order for me to undertake it in the Spring. I know what I want to look into – abandoned coal mine remediation in Pennsylvania – and I know how I’ll go about it. Now I just need to get my butt to the library and start my research and write a budget.
What am I doing instead?
Winding skeins for the upcoming season. I’ve entered into a yarn diet (sort of). I joined the Sundara Seasons club and the MadelineTosh Magnolia Society so I will still get some yarn gratification, but that’s it! It’s all about knitting up what I got and destashing what I don’t want.
Oh, and Christmas knitting has begun in chez Andrea.