Almost two-months in

Well, grad school is now well under way and I completely understand the advice that was given during orientation. Grad school will make you feel like you know absolutely nothing. I completely believe that now. Half of what I’ve been learning, I’ve never been exposed to before. This is mostly in our core classes and to be completely honest, I don’t really find a lot of it interesting. Some of this has made me question if I’m really in the right place. Before school started, I was so excited to become a librarian, and I still am, but it has been a major learning curve.

I want to be a children’s or young adult librarian in a public library. The core classes at my school tend to be more focused on Academic librarianship and Archiving. This isn’t bad, but it isn’t very relevant for me. Obviously, there are parts of those classes that are very relevant, but they’re snippets. Also, these two classes are overly general and slightly disorganized, which doesn’t help much.

Thankfully, I have two classes that are a part of my specialization. Sometimes I feel as if  I don’t have much to contribute to them, but I have been soaking up so much good information. It really reminds me of when I fell into my undergrad degree and really had no idea what to expect. I really knew nothing about public relations and journalism, but I learned and I excelled at it.

I think the biggest challenge is that the focus of my classes tend to be very theoretical. I’m more of a practical learner. Things make more sense once I’ve been able to put them into practice. Hopefully I will be able to get a job or volunteer work that will allow me to do this. Overall, I love being here in Pittsburgh. I love the city and the people I’m getting to know. I knew that grad school would be challenging, but I also knew that I wouldn’t understand how challenging until I got into it.

Please know that this is not me saying that I’m discouraged, though sometimes it feels that way, this is just an update on my adventure into grad school. I’ve come to learn that it’s okay to feel discouraged some times or admit that things aren’t all rainbows, but also that those times don’t last forever.

Some thoughts about things

Pittsburgh is not a city to live in without a GPS. Roads are more tangled than your headphones when you need them. No joke. It’s one of the reasons that I’m thankful I can take the bus to school.

Being away from a population that is, for the majority, full of Husker fans, I now never know who the Huskers are playing. No one on Facebook mentions that tiny little detail. I never noticed that before, but I guess now if I want to know I have to care enough to look it up myself.

It was a good thing that I brought an umbrella to school on Monday, though it didn’t save my lower half from getting soaked by the torrential downpour that seemed to pick up once I got off the bus. After awhile I just gave up trying to avoid puddles because they were everywhere.

I wish that DVDs were still the main format for movies. I know that in today’s age my thinking is archaic, no, sacrilegious, but I have to be honest. Blu-ray players are so expensive!

I drank soda for the first time in about three weeks which is probably why I can’t fall asleep right now (it’s almost 2 a.m. at the time of this writing).

I sat through a two hour lecture about computers and their components on Monday and nearly suffocated from boredom. No offense to those who find that stuff interesting, but I seriously couldn’t care less. I’ll stick to my class that lets me read picture books.

My ice skating blades got sharpened for the first time in four years and I couldn’t believe that I waited so long. The difference was so obvious. Hopefully I’ll be able to go to one of the open skates after teaching so that I can get in some good skating time.

After reading for about 6ish hours yesterday, I think I found the limit of information that my brain can absorb in a day. Sadly I didn’t finish everything I planned to accomplish.

We’re experience an Indian Summer right now in Pittsburgh (or at least I am saying we are because it was getting cooler) and I don’t like it. It’s hot… and muggy. I am ready for fall weather.

As of today, it’s been twelve years. It’s crazy how quickly time has seemed to pass, yet the impact of that day has grown more for me over the years. I didn’t really understand in 5th grade, but I do now. It’s been twelve years.

Well, those are some thoughts on things. Please let me know your thoughts on things in the comments below, and, if you really want to, share this post with your friends!

The time I became partly interested in football

Anyone who follows me on Twitter slash Facebook slash Instagram knows that I went to the Pitt vs. Florida State football game on Monday *insert cheers here.* I’m not a huge football fan, in fact I would usually rather do anything else th20130903-205022.jpgan go to a football game. But season tickets (for students) were only $25 and it came with a free t-shirt so I thought, ‘What the heck, might as well go.’ (Not an actual quote, but a paraphrasing of similar thoughts.)

Plus, the only Division 1 football game I’ve ever been to was Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State at an Alamo Bowl long ago (so it doesn’t count.) My roommate (she’s awesome) also got tickets so we decided to make a night of it. We were smart and decided to leave two hours early because it was at the Steeler’s stadium and we had no idea that parking would suck as bad as it did.

Mind you, all of the parking lots within a half mile of the stadium are pre-sold, so we did a lot of driving around and to add insult to injury, it started to rain… I mean pour. However, we finally found (free) parking a bit of a walk away. Don’t ask me how far, but it was manageable.*

FINALLY we made it to the stadium.** But our journey was not yet complete. We had to find the appropriate gate. Now, I know that the Heinz stadium can look a little small on TV, but it’s really massive.*** And quite frankly, nothing was marked very well in relations to where students were supposed to enter. Eventually though, we found our way in and began the journey to the nosebleed seats in the upper bowl. The good news is that you can actually see things pretty well up there, the bad news is that students like to stand in the student section.

The first thing I noticed, well second thing really, is that Pitt students are not good with sportsmanship… at all. Maybe that’s universal, but it was annoying at some points.**** But as the first quarter began, I found myself oddly intrigued by the spectacle and learned a very important lesson.

Learning through osmosis actually works. No joke. It must have been the multitude of Husker games that I sat through during the years that somehow helped me to understand the basics of football. I actually knew what was going on.*****

Now, Pitt was quickly overrun by FSU and we left at the end of the third quarter (along with a quarter of the stadium), but overall I actually had a good time. There is a difference between watching football on TV and actually going.*****

So I guess the moral of this story is: Try new things kids, you never know if you might enjoy it… and hopefully Pitt will do better at the next home game against New Mexico. 🙂

Sidenotes:
*I do a lot of walking here in Pittsburgh. Most things are within a half mile of my house and I easily walk more than a mile on campus, so my measurement may be a bit skewed compared to say a place where things are more spread out.
**It was still raining but not as much. Needless to say we were a little wet when we arrived.
***Please note the sarcasm.
****Though in the third quarter there was this one time that a couple students were chanting “De-fense, De-fense” and then the defense did something dumb and all you here is one kid go “f*ck.” It echoed quite nicely and was relatively hilarious. But I digress. (also, excuse the language, it was for retelling purposes only.)
*****Within reason of course, it’s not like I became a football savant.
******Well look at that, I actually grew a little.