Soooo…I’ve clearly been M.I.A. This last month has been absolutely insane and I honestly don’t feel like I’ve really had time to sit down and update. I kind of hit the ground running when I got back to LA a few weeks ago. I was working hard to get settled black into the West Coast and relax a bit before what I knew would be a crazy couple of weeks. Last week at this time, I was preparing to celebrate my 24th birthday. It turned out to be an absolutely amazing day. I’m pretty sure that it was the best birthday that I’ve ever had. Definitely the best of my adult (?) life so far. Here’s a photo that captures the magic.
I started classes on Monday and since I hadn’t really had time to rest or prepare for it, my plan was just to power through as best as I could and then use this long weekend to get my act together. Somehow I managed to survive so now it’s just a matter of me taking advantage of this weekend to get on top of things. While I have a fair amount of work to do for both my graduate classes and my teaching assistantship, it was really important to me that I make time to post today, even if it’s just a short one. It’s already very clear to me that this year is going to be a lot busier than my first year with classes, a TA-ship, and work at the writing center but I’ve really enjoyed blogging for the past 8 months or so (has it really been that long?) and I’m committed to keeping this thing going. I have some interesting ideas of things to share with you guys including cookbook reviews and some beauty regiment tips/ideas in addition to posting some of the workouts that I’ve been doing this summer. My plan is to commit myself to updating at least once a week with at least one recipe post per month. While it might not be much, I think it’s a good goal to set for myself at the moment.
Despite the intensity of this past month and this coming year that I’ve just attempted to convey, I’m really excited about starting my second year or graduate school and my 24th year of life. I’ve been having good vibes about 24 for a while now and after my birthday celebration last week, I’m pretty confident that this will be a good year for me. I think it’s going to require a lot of time-management and organization but I really like where I am right now in life and I’m super excited to dive in and share it all with you guys.
One of the things that I’m excited about is TAing an undergraduate discussion section. At USC, graduate students don’t actually get to teach entire courses on their own but instead lead weekly discussion sections that supplement the lectures that are given by faculty. This semester I’m TAing for a Black Social Movements course which has already been pretty interesting in both subject matter and experience. I met with my students for the first time yesterday and they seem like great students. I was initially a little blah about having to TA but over the past couple of weeks, I’ve warmed up to it and I’m looking forward to building my teaching skills and devleoping/discovering my teaching style in the classroom.
In addition to TAing, I’m pretty excited about my grad classes. Last year was a little clumsy in terms of figuring out my interesting and finding courses that were fitting. This semester I’m taking a qualitative methods course in the sociology department and an ethnography course in the anthropology department. Both of these courses are designed to help me get more hands on with my research, meaning — it’s time for me to start my field work. I’ve been looking forward to and dreading this moment for some time now but it’s nice to have courses that will walk me through it. I also feel way more comfortable in LA this year and more confident in my ability to make connections and find sites for my studies. I will try not to bore you guys too much with this stuff but it’s going to be a huge part of my life this semester so I’m sure that it’ll naturally come up.
Anyway, I said I would keep this short and sweet and I do actually have things that I need to get to. I will be posting again soon as to meet my weekly goal.
Ciao until then.