Starting a New Semester

Tomorrow, I start a new semester–my second in the long haul of the PhD program.  I am very excited, but also a bit nervous about how I’ll handle the three seminars I just had to sign up for:  Archival Theory & Practice; Public Rhetorics; and Empirical Research Methods.  On top of that, I’ll be teaching my normal four hour course load and take a practicum course for teaching.  How will I balance this exciting, jam-packed schedule? Here are some commitments I hereby make to myself:

1.  I will use my morning hours wisely and with energy to complete readings.  More specifically, I will read from 8:00am to 10:00am every Mon, Wed, and Fri.

2.  I commit to writing (and working on my writing projects) from at least 11:30am to 1:30pm every Mon, Tues, and Thurs.

3.  I will spend more alone time on campus to foster a sense of comfort and security there.

4.  I will remind myself that I don’t have to do this.  It is my life choice.  And it is a beautiful one.

I feel that these are manageable goals to uphold.  I’ll use my blog as an accountability partner this week to record how it goes!

About taylo206

I am an Assistant Professor of Composition, Rhetoric and Professional Writing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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3 Responses to Starting a New Semester

  1. J. H. Adams says:

    5. I will choose a specific space in which to do my work. No non-work activities will be undertaken in this space. I will thus create a Pavlovian response to this space wherein my work ethic automatically manifests upon entering it.

    6. I will continue to remain awesome.

  2. allison says:

    KT! Can I see the syllabus for the archive course? I’m archiving now, without ANY knowledge about archives. need to get up to speed by summertime… Would love to see what you’re reading.

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