THREE messages today?? Where are you???

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THREE messages today?? Where are you???
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Wed, 05-07-2003 - 7:04pm
Okay, is life just waaaay too busy right now?? What's everyone up to?

Thim, how was your birthday??

I have 14 days of school left!! After that, I have four days before I start my graduate classes. I'm kind of excited about starting classes, but also a little nervous. Studying again?? YUCK! I'm just no good at reading. I sure hope that I get some good teachers!

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 10:01am
i had a nice home cooked family dinner for my bday. my friends are taking me out to a pub on friday.

hey, school will be great for you - it's a great opportunity to meet some new people, eh?

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 10:02am
Hi,

do you like teaching? i went to grad school, graduated in 2001. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

have a good day.

lisa

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 12:04pm
Shy - I thought you'd enjoy this little story. My secretary came in today distraught because her mother is very ill. She is a wreck. I told her to do what she needed to do (i.e. leave early, etc) and to let me know if there was anything I could do to help. She just came to me and said, there was - she is trying to get her daughter into a gifted kindergarten program in NYC and knows I used to teach kindergarten and elementary school - she has to explain in two short essays why her daughter is well suited to a gifted program. I have met her daughter a few times but only in passing and when she was 2 or 3. I "went to town" - I made up this description of her daughter's intellectual, emotional and leadership qualities - about how well she shares when in learning centers, about her ability to assert herself, her intellectual curiosity, her ability to know what will happen next in a story, and why, etc etc - it was so much fun to write this!

What was even better - my secretary said I was right on target!! I also advised that if her daughter has any artistic/musical abilities to add that in to show how well rounded she is (she does). Now, one of the other secretaries wants a copy to use for her son next year when he is that age. It felt so good to write this for her and also to "make good" on my offer to do anything to help her get through this day, given her mother's illness (and I am sure my secretary was up all night because of her mother).

Just wanted to share - have a good day!

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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 2:50pm
I think you'll find that grad school is very different from being an undergrad. Depending on what field you're in, there won't be so much studying involved, but there will be more reading than you ever thought you'd do. I realized that as an undergrad you learn to memorize and as a grad student you learn to analyze. You'll be really busy, but I'd recommend getting involved in a grad student organization to meet some new people. I was in my school's graduate student assembly and made a few friends that way.
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 8:41pm
Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, my graduate program will be different from most others. Everything I do will be related to my classroom, and I don't think it'll involve huge amounts of reading. I'll also be teaching at the same time (except in the summer), so doing anything else is probably going to be impossible.

13 more days!!