For the past year, I have been a graduate student and with grad school comes a lot of responsibility. With grad school also comes the ability to function on a sub-human level in a place that does not even come close to being in the real world. I may have let some of my real world responsibilities go, which prompted me to actually take New Year’s Resolutions. So, I have come up with a list of New Year’s Resolutions of the academic (student and teaching), personal, and real world kind.
Goals as a student:
- Maintain my 4.0. I had a bit of a scare this last semester where I was not sure if I would get an A or an A- in a class, but ultimately got that A. In grad school, anything lower than a B is failing and can get you on academic probation. Plus, I would love to finish my degree with a 4.0.
- Finalize an idea for my thesis. I have so many ideas. All I know for sure is that I want there to be some connection to digital culture and literacy.
- Keep being my kickass self.
Goals as a teacher:
- Be more efficient with grading. It took me too long to get certain assignments back to students and I want to be better about monitering their grades throughout the semester.
- Make clearer connections. Mostly I just want them to see that the reading is relevant. I know. . .I am too optimistic and have insane, unrealistic goals.
- Learn to say “no.” This is the most important one and how I ended up being president of our graduate student council (although I was excited about that one), a grader for four classes besides my own, a graduate representative for a billion and one committees, the proofreader, the resident notary amongst my friends, etc. The list goes on.
- Make it to the gym more than five times this semester.
- Make a little bit more time for my personal and romantic relationships.
- Make a goddamn difference. Somehow, someway.