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12 January 2010 @ 11:35 pm
the public update on the classes  
I should probably wait until tomorrow, when I have my first class with my advisor, so I can give a complete report, but I'm having such a good day that I don't want to wait.

I am obnoxiously happy to be back in class.  I'm auditing a media class that I will probably be way too in love with because it's on fandom, my Japanese class feels like it's old home week because half of the people from my last semester of Japanese are also taking it (and most of them are the ones I liked), and I am frighteningly pleased at my theory class (that happened today) because the professor is awesome - the best combination of incredibly knowledgeable, totally approachable, and very very smart.  And she remembers things (of course that's dangerous because I'll have to remember what I say too).  Anyway, class was fantastic this evening, even if it did get moved from 2-5 pm to 4-7.   Someone told me they were amazed at my glee for school, but really, it's because this is it for me.  This is what I love.  Yes I'll complain about it, particularly via mid terms and finals and the rest.  But at the beginning of every semester, when reading is fresh and it seems like the future is simply littered with amazing things to read and brilliant people to talk to about them, I revel a little bit. 
sahiya on January 13th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Your experience in your PhD program gives me hope. It seems like so many PhD students I know are just downtrodden, as though all the love of learning has been crushed out of them. It's so refreshing to read about the experiences of someone who still loves it, because I don't want to stop loving it.
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 13th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
there is hope! although I do wonder how I will feel after year three, when all i'm doing is studying and writing the dissertation. I think that's the time when people get less happy, and more exhausted.
sahiya on January 13th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
TA-ing also tends to run people down, I think, particularly when you're at a large, public university where the classes are overcrowded and you're expected to teach two sections and grade all the papers. I doubt that's the case at USC. (This is, incidentally, the reason I only applied to private schools.)
(no subject) - shehasathree on January 13th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 13th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
*grins at you* heeeee!
literate and stylish: smart is sexy! Indy!mishloran on January 13th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
I want to be you when you write posts like this.

It makes me all the more certain I am headed on the right track, even though it will take me undoubtedly twice as long as I think to achieve...

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 13th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
the same thing happened to me darling - and at least you have a track!

your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on January 13th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 13th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
*bounces with you*