Friday, November 2, 2012

It's Been Awhile...Life Update!

So for those of you who have absolutely no interest in me outside this blog...sorry! This isn't really my typical kind of blog post. It's more of an update on my personal life for my good bloggy friends, who've mentioned that they would like to hear from me every once in awhile. Other than leaving the occasional blog comment or tweet, I've been failing at this miserably! 

Most of you know by now that I'm currently in graduate school, working on my Masters in Literature. I also have a graduate assistantship at my university, which allows me to teach two sections of first-year composition. It's a fantastic program, because I don't have to pay a dime for my Masters' tuition! Furthemore, I get a (tiny but welcomed) paycheck along with a tuition waiver. It's a pretty solid deal all around!

Teaching for the first time has been an incredible learning experience. Don't get me can be difficult and stressful at times, but I feel like I'm learning just as much being in charge of a classroom as I am when I'm playing the role of the student. Going into this semester, I had quite a bit riding on whether or not I would actually like teaching. While I'd already committed to getting a Masters, let's face it--there's pretty much no valid reason for me pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature unless I want to teach college. And if I hated would probably be time for me to do a little career reevaluation. 

Thankfully, I've really enjoyed my teaching experience so far. It's had its ups and downs and frustrations, but overall, I've considered it to be a mostly positive experience. With that in mind, I've officially decided that I will be applying for Ph.D programs once I near the end of my Masters. I have to admit...the thought of getting a Ph.D kind of terrifies me, but I don't feel like I'll be finished with learning in another year and a half of graduate school. So I'm making the plunge! Or, at least, I will be. :)

My own classes have been going pretty well. Due to the classes that were offered this semester (and scheduling conflicts), I'm actually not taking a single literature class this semester. Instead, I'm getting my other English requirements out of the way (courses in linguistics and teaching composition). While I like and appreciate my other classes, literature is my true passion, so I'm looking forward to next semester, when I'll be taking a seminar course on Victorian children's literature and pop culture, a course on literature and medicine, and another seminar on critical theory!

To get a Masters in lit. at my university, we all have to take comprehensive exams in two areas of literature. I've finally picked my two: post 1798 British Literature and Children's Literature (bet you guys are surprised by that last one). I've still got a lot of outside reading to do for comps, so that's another thing on my plate. I could be taking them as early as spring!

I know that those of you who aren't pursuing some sort of degree in English were probably ridiculously bored by the previous six paragraphs, so I thought I'd spend a little time talking about the things I've been trying to squeeze in on the side, which, hopefully, will be of more interest to you!

On My Nightstand

The Darkest Minds

Okay, so we already know that my reading outside of class is extremely limited, but I attempting to read these two books at the moment. I have to admit, I've been going at a super slow pace because finding the time to read non class-related books has been practically non-existent, but I'm trying! One of my colleagues in the graduate assistant office highly recommended What is the What, and I've been wanting to read The Darkest Minds for a LONG time...especially considering how much I enjoyed Bracken's first book, Brightly Woven. I'm only about 20 pages into each of these, but I'm hoping to finish them soon (ish).

On My TV

My TV-watching time has also been pretty limited, but I like to use episodes of my favorite shows as "rewards" for being productive. (For every three hours spent grading/studying, I get to watch an episode)! I've been so stoked for season 3 of The Walking Dead! I'm always sad that there's only one episode per week. I've enjoyed the new season so far, though I have to the moment, I'm liking the storyline with Rick and the gang better than the one with Andrea and the Governor.

I did a review of this show back at the beginning of the August, and Season 3 started up at the end of September. Once again, if you haven't started this show, you should at least give it a try. It's charming, in a slightly gritty, suspenseful, sort of way!

The Walking Dead and Haven are the only two shows that I'm actually caught up on. I have a crap ton of episodes from other shows sitting in my instant queues on Netflix and Hulu! There are also a couple of new shows that I've wanted to try but haven't gotten the chance to watch yet:


Have any of you watched Arrow or Beauty and the Beast yet? If so, what do you think? Something I should try?

Also, I've become totally addicted to the band Imagine Dragons. Their latest album is fantastic. 


So this post hasn't been at all coherent or eloquent, but that's what's been going on with me lately! I can't tell you how much I miss you all! Stepping back from blogging was necessary for being successful in my other areas of life for right now, but I miss it a lot. I'm hoping to maybe get to do a little blogging over Christmas break. Hugs!

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