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Winter is approaching

Well, Halloween and Thanksgiving are officially over.

Our fall get-together was a success- baked a yummy white-chocolate-pumpkin cheesecake. So good!

I am now prepping for the end of the semester. Just finished a giant paper on developing an intervention via a mobile phone application for improving medication adherence and blood glucose monitoring in the Hispanic population. And now, I must study for the health com exam and throw together some research poster for my seminar class.

After I’m done with classwork, I can finally finish my graduate school applications. And then, off to Florida for the holidays! I am looking forward to seeing old friends and family.

Short post indeed, but I must continue to study on this dreary Saturday.

Cheers

Today I officially got one of my online courses dropped. This is a serious relief.

I had no idea the graduate program I was signing up for was going to be basically entirely online. This is not what was communicated to me. Of course, this is its first year up and running, so faculty are still trying to get organized.

When I did find this out…I went with it. I mean, couldn’t be all that bad, right? I would have all this flexibility….and that’s where the benefits stop.

The reasons why I realize graduate level online courses aren’t for me right now:

  • I am fresh out of undergrad. All the other people in these online classes are 30-40-50 year-olds, and are already working professionals. They are simply trying to gain an advantage in their field for whatever reason. They already have a backdrop of professional experience.
  • Students are graded on their “discussions.” So forget about the actual work you do. You post some thoughts, and then you are graded on how much you respond to peoples’ comments on your thoughts- and you post your thoughts on other peoples’ thoughts…..
    • This is a lot easier if you have professional experience to relate the readings to.
    • For example….in the class I recently dropped, we’re supposed to read 3 large chapters over “learning systems design”….and then post a response to a question such as “how does systems theory relate to your professional work.” That’s it!
    • How is one supposed to learn like this? No lecture? Not even online Powerpoint slides?
  • Group work feels awkward. I can’t relate to any of my online peers. And I want a face-to-face collaborative environment, not an awkward group Skype date.
  • I don’t feel like I am part of a cohort of any kind. I want graduate school to be an experience; I want to be in a vibrant, academic environment.

All this being said- I am sure that for many of my peers in my classes, this set-up is perfect- especially if your already have a life and a job in your field. It just simply isn’t for me AT ALL. Not right now, not at this point in my life.

This is why I am seeking a new school and program. And this time I am doing a thorough amount of research.

Fall Food Festivities

So it’s about time for a more positive post.

I have been so busy, trying to muster through grad classes, working, applying to new grad programs and trying to study for the GRE in order to get a higher score. And attempting to maintain some sort of social life.

My roommate and I have decided to host a little day-time fall fest thing. Scary movies, yummy food and friends. This is exciting because it means I have an excuse to bake fall-themed desserts. I love excuses to bake.

And thank God for freaking Pinterest. I organize my life on that website, haha. Mostly recipes for me to try.

Some baked goods possibly worth trying:

So these are some recipe highlights. There are also a few other cookies and bar recipes I was considering. But seriously- the cheesecakes I listed here look AMAZING, especially that white chocolate one. Needless to say, our gathering will probably be a fatty fest that happens to include a scary movie marathon.

Happy Fall!

Doing bloggy things

So I decided to jump on the bandwagon and start a blog.

My main motivation for doing this is so I can construct some sort of normalcy out of the uncertainty and occasional chaos I am experiencing at this point in my life- an all too familiar sentiment I think many people my age may feel. I’m less interested in wanting people to read this than to just make myself feel special by spitting out my not-so-great life events in this thing as if they are great. Because come on- I live in America, and Americans all want to think they are fundamentally good and important people. It’s about the individual, not the collective.

Ok, I’m done with the rambling cynicism.

Sooo yeah. I plan on using this to document my graduate school journey mostly- since that has been dominating my life right now. I will also have posts on here about foods, because I love cooking…mostly just baking though. Cheescakes- yeah, freaking delicious. There also may be random pointless posts about whatever.

Hoorah.

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