>The Doctoral Experience Thus Far

>After two weeks of classes having begun, I finally attended my first F2F (face-to-face) class session for the Higher Education PhD program. I’m currently enrolled in EPSY 6020: Research Methods in Education (which is a fancy name for “basic quantitative/qualitative statistical research;” this couse is online), EDHE 6510: History of Higher Education (online with 4 F2F meetings), and EDHE 6780: Educational Resources (meets Monday evenings). Last night, I went to 6780 and enjoyed a lively discussion about endowments, grants, and the ethics of fund-raising. We had some particularly interesting discussion regarding the place of athletics and alumni in university fundraising–I can tell I’m really going to enjoy this class.

I’ve been enjoying the reading for 6510, but to be honest there hasn’t been much yet. It looks like the readings and the assignments get heavier at the end of the year, which to be honest is fine with me. I’m trying to get our house on the market by mid-March, so I’m occupied with cleaning, boxing things for storage, and painting. I anticipate that around the end of February, I’m going to hit a huge clash between fulltime librarian-ing, fulltime doctoral student-ing, and readying our house to look its best. Not to mention that whole husband/family/friends side of life… yeah. Good thing I’m enjoying my classes so much at the moment!

I keep desperately seeking new ways to carve out blocks of time for myself. To be honest, my two-hour total commute each day is a kind of welcome break from all these tasks, but at the same time, I keep furiously thinking that I’d rather be spending the time working on homework or something else useful. If only I could get someone, for free, to record themselves reading my textbooks, and then I could play that in the car during my commute… Any other suggestions? I used to think I ought to borrow language-learning CDs from the public library, but that ends up being an additional source of information, without actually helping my work/school/home-responsibilities bind. At least music relaxes me, and NPR feeds me the news.

I certainly welcome any further ideas on better uses for my commute. 🙂

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