A School Update

Where do I begin?  Well, let’s say that I have had more than enough.  I was granted an extension to complete Assignments for both classes.  One was Literature Review and the other was Perspective in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I tried to complete assignments for both courses by the end of June so that I could leave for vacation on June 30th without having that still on my plate.  Who wants to go on vacation to Tampa, Florida having to do graduate school assignments.  Not ME!!!!  BUT that is exactly what ended up happening.  The Literature Review professor said that my review still needed work.  For Perspectives I had to write a degree rationale and list of electives, their descriptions and bibliographies.  Those two things needed work as well.  I spent most of the time in Tampa working on school assignments, and I was not happy about it. Continue reading →

Xenia Updates

Hello to all of you who still read my blog, and to those who are stopping by for the first time.  It has been almost two months since my father passed away.    I force myself not to think about my father so that I can keep my life moving forward.  I do not want to drown in grief.  So far I am handling it well, but it requires keeping myself busy doing and thinking about other things. Continue reading →

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Some Random Instagram Photos

Happy New Year everyone! This morning when I woke up I decided to take some photos around the house. I’ve had an Instagram account for some time, but I was not using it at all. I decided that it is time to make use of it. This year I will document some of my life in photos. These are just for practice.

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Belated Merry Christmas Greeting

I filmed this on Christmas day but was too lazy to post it until now.  You would not believe how long it took me to film these few minutes.  I redid it so many times.  I also had to force myself to get out of my brand new pajamas and put on something decent to film.  Christmas day for me was completely lazy and laid back.  All I did was eat and watch movies.  I hope that your Christmas was all that you wished for.

My Rewrite Grade

You may recall my last post where I was whining about receiving “no grade” on a midterm paper that I wrote for one of my graduate school courses.  I was very upset which included crying like a baby.  I plunged myself into a pit of despair and self-pity.   I had the choice to do the assignment again to try to get a grade and preferably a grade that I could be proud of.  I was so stressed out that I could not grasp, in my mind, how to begin rewriting the assignment.   It took me two weeks to get it together enough to start it.  I read a lot of the assigned reading again before going over what it is I learned from it all.  I included everything I could think of as a response to the reading material.  I am happy to report that I got an A (-).  My faith and confidence in myself has now been restored (for now…HA!).  I thanked my professor for being hard on me because it was exactly what I needed.  I now know that I do have it in me to succeed as a graduate student.

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Graduate School Paper Fail & Other Updates

CMYK_ESC_GRADSchool_StackedOver the weekend I received back the first major paper for one of my graduate school courses.  I received no grade for it because the professor, who is also my academic adviser, said that I did not really answer the questions asked.  She also wrote that my paper is casual, whatever that is supposed to mean, and wanted to know why I handed in the paper that I did.  Needless to say I was quite upset.  I spent hours, and HOURS and DAYS reading the assigned material and then writing my paper.  To end up with a no grade did a job on my emotional state.  I began to cry and then wondered if I am cut out for graduate school.  I did so well as an undergrad.  I know that much more is expected of students in graduate school, but how could I be that bad? Continue reading →

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