Monday, January 29, 2007

You would think...

...that I would be a swirling fury of studying, what with the beginning of the semester and all. But my heart's just not in it. Not that too much has been expected of me so far. I love being in the lab, I love doing research -- I just hate the classes. Can I skip strait to quals and do my dissertation research, please? I really didn't ever think I'd be burned out on school in the classic sense, but boyo am I. This semester is going to be a trial, I fear. I know I have to take the classes in order to do the research. I know all the things I'm supposed to know about how this process works. I don't need plucky platitudes -- I know them all. But when one professor assigns eight (8) articles for one class, and you know he's not going to actually cover them all, or ask any questions, and pretty much tell you what he wants you to know about them, the motivation to actually read the freakin' mountain o' papers gets pretty low. So I crochet. It's just my way.

Oh, look! A snowflake!



Okay, I guess I'll go print the articles at least.

Oh, and I'm starting my new rotation today! Wohoo! (see? I'm totally excited about some aspects of this program!!)

6 comments:

laura T said...

Okay, as one of those lame professors who do *just* that, let me tell you what my students are doing. They don't know *I* know they do it, but they're not really very good at being sneaky. They each read one article, determine what's important, and then they meet for beer and nachos (or whatever seems most seasonally appropriate) and hit the high points for one another before class. That way they all look smart and no one has to read all 400 pages I've assigned.

I have to say, I admire their creativity. And it's better than having them not read any of it at all...

Sus said...

In my case, the professor does that for us. If he does happen to ask a question, he doesn't stop talking long enough for anyone to answer it. We all just take notes and look at the papers later. But your students are crafty -- although their method demonstrates a level of trust in one's compatriots that I'm not sure I could muster...

Sue said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Sus! Wow! What a great looking snowflake. I was in snowflake Monday last year but must confess I didn't get very far. Love that bag holder. Now that's cool!

Tina said...

Love the flake! It looks like a flower surrounding a star, I love it!

Dorothy said...

Very pretty snowflake!

I hope your new rotation is awesome.

Buck Pennington said...

Nice blog, Sus! I popped in for a visit after reading one of your comments at Becky's place...