Somehow, I feel behind in all of my work. Mostly because I wanted to have a book or two read before the semester began. (I’m only at one half of a book completed at this point.) Granted, I have seven days before my first class, but I still feel as though I have more to do to be prepared for this year. I’m getting stressed out that I do not have the syllabus for two of my courses at this point, but I think I just need to learn patience.
I really do like what I have read so far for my classes. This fall I am taking: Gender in Education, Information Literacy Pedagogy, Children’s Literature, and Digital Tools, Trends and Debates. I have a book on Title IX almost finished for Gender in Education, and I cannot wait until the class begins and discussion starts. I know it is going to be one of my favorite courses for sure.
I also am loving the reading I have been doing for Information Literacy. It’s interesting to read ideas of what info lit should encompass, especially for those speaking on it outside of librarianship. It’s a good course to take, especially because I do enjoy reference and literary instruction. One scholar believes info lit could become its own liberal art at one point, but my undergraduate background knows there are already seven liberal arts and info lit doesn’t fit in with any of them.
I have a big day of running errands, getting last minute things done before the semester begins, and my life becomes even crazier. I have a social event at Union South this evening with fellow SLISers, so that should prove to be a good time. I just need to be productive when I come home.
Good luck to everyone else who is starting classes soon or who have already started. Make it a great year!
I’ve been having a fantastic day with SLIS. It is the day of orientation for the new graduate students, and I am so excited for the new class. I was really dreading classes for the fall, but meeting new people who are excited about classes, learning, and librarianship has rejuvenated my passion for the profession.
I know I am making a difference here at SLIS. I can feel it now, and I didn’t really feel important before. Helping students by giving them advice for good courses to take as well as getting involved and starting a new student group has been greatly beneficial. I really do hope the class of 2013 thrives here and enjoyes themselves.
The organization fair is about to begin, and once that ends…I am thrilled to enjoy the fajita bar from Pasqual’s for dinner. Yumm!
Last Friday, I was able to assist on a Habitat build. I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences of my life, and I cannot wait to assist further. I’m sure I’ll do another build before I graduate.
The first portion of the day was pretty much question answering. I found out that those that receive Habitat for Humanity houses are obliged to volunteer 300 hours in return for their house. Other information about the ways in which the house are paid for is also answered, and I didn’t know until then that if the family continues to live in the Habitat house, they do not have to pay anything towards the loan HFH takes out for them, but if they do move, they have to pay the cost of the loan.
So, about the build. I was started by putting plywood on the facade of the house. A lot of manual nailing took place, that’s for sure. I also used a hand power saw to cut a lot of plywood.
This is what the house looked like around the time of our lunch break:
The Sun Prairie Habitat House.
All of the plywood that is lighter than the other is what we put up that morning, both on the roof and on the front of the house.
We continued the front, then we all went into the back of the house after lunch and worked on the roof. In case you did not know this, I am terrified of heights. Somehow, I realized that I could do it; I could hammer in some nails to a roof. I have always had a roof over my head, and I needed to help someone else. So I put some person I have never met, nor will ever meet, in front of my own needs to assist them. I know it makes me sound great to do that, but it was one of the best things I could have done with a Friday afternoon
I did get a photograph of myself on the roof for proof that I did go up there. See Mom!