October Already?!? Seriously?!?
ORIGINALLY POSTED 10/6/10–I’ve never been skiing, but I can imagine flying down a black diamond slope—dodging and weaving, obstacles blurring on either side of me, and praying that I don’t tumble head first into a low-hanging branch. Yep…that’s about how I feel at this point in my semester. I can’t believe that it’s already October. I am hurtling fast towards the finals count down and wow…nobody told me where to find the hand brake!
Although I was right to think that this was going to be a strange semester, the only thing that is remarkably different is the fact that three of my four professors use power points daily. While I appreciate the highlights they capture on these presentations, I’ve discovered that it makes me very lazy. I take notes and if I miss something, I simply highlight it as a reminder to myself to got back to the power points. The problem is I haven’t been doing this. Instead, I use the presentations and fill those in with MY notes. This is the first semester where I’ve had this kind of dilemma, so I’m not really sure which process will work better. I feel as if I’m learning to study all over again. I really need to rediscover my internal motivation; perhaps I left it on the ski-lift!
Drama on the home front: Our school district proposes to re-zone my neighborhood out of our current middle school and into another that is triple the distance away. Everyone’s up in arms and last week’s public meeting wasn’t pretty. Tomorrow the school board meets and we’ll be there en masse. Petitions are circulating, parents are emailing the school board and we even have a Face Book page. All available information just doesn’t support the proposal; even the district’s own criteria weigh against the move. But the logical alternative: review the district holistically, is understandably not palatable. The proposal offers a piece-meal fix that likely will just prolong another inevitable rezoning in the near future. Time to put the power of the people to the test. Wish us luck!!