Archive for April, 2006

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Ready to be done… sorta

April 29, 2006

I am so ready to be done with this year. A few parts were good, but the majority of the year kind of sucked. I am excited about my room for next year and the fabulous parking that I’ll have, but I almost wish that I had chosen to live off-campus in an apartment all by my lonesome. At least next year I will have a separate room to go to if I want to be alone. As excited as I am about next year, it hit me a couple of days ago that I am going to be a senior next year. This time next year I will be packing up all my stuff to leave Rice… for good. Emery and I were talking about how you don’t really realize how many graduating seniors there are until you come back in the fall and they aren’t there anymore. Then I said something about how next year it would be me leaving: I started freaking out. How is it I talk about grad school all the time, but it didn’t hit me that I was leaving? At times I am ready to say goodbye to Rice and never look back, but then I think about the people that I’ve become good friends with and I want to stay for the extra year. I’ve never questioned my decision to transfer (That doesn’t mean that I didn’t question the decision to come to Rice). I am much happier here than I ever was, or could be, in Abilene. The biggest problem of transferring is the fact that I matriculated with and became with people who are graduating the year after I am. That means that they are going abroad next year and I won’t get to spend as much time with them. There are so many people that I am going to miss, but I guess that’s the choice I’ve made for myself. For the forseeable future there will be just as many goodbyes as there are hellos. When I leave Rice I will work on my Masters somewhere. After that I may stay and do my PhD or go elsewhere to get it. Then I will have to go somewhere to get an actual job. Arghh!! Why do I react so poorly to change?

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My (nonexistent) Love Life

April 20, 2006

I have been thinking about grad school a lot lately and my love life (which is nonexistent) is sadly intertwined with my grad school decisions. Wherever I choose to go to grad school will become my home for at least 5 years. If I focus on US-Canada relations and cooperation, then I will most likely be studying in Canada and will stay there after graduating at least for a few years. Since what I am interested in is so specialized, I doubt I will be able to get a job teaching at most US universities straight out of school. Unless I somehow write the world’s most amazing dissertation, I will need to stay in Canada teaching until I develop enough experience to get a job teaching in the US and creating courses in North American studies. So you are all wondering what this has to do with my love life, since that is the title of this post. Well, since I will be devoting my forseeable future to grad school and establishing myself in academia, when will I ever have time to pursue relationships or in the future, a family? If it takes me 6 years to complete grad school, then I will turn 28 soon after finishing. When will I have time for anything other than school? After I gain teaching experience I plan on returning to the US, hopefully Texas. If I were to meet someone in grad school, then they would most likely be Canadian. Would we be willing to consider anything long-term if it meant one of us would have to give up our home? I’m not sure I would be willing to permanently live outside the US. This puts a bit of a kink in my plans for the future. Why does the future keep looking scarier every minute?

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Rice! Let’s hear you yell!

April 17, 2006

Tonight I officially became a Rice cheerleader for 2006-2007. For those that don’t know, I was a cheerleader for nearly 8 years and actually did competitive all-star cheerleading before I had to quit because of my knees. Then I had surgery on both my knees and each time I contemplated getting back into cheerleading I was injured. So laugh if you must, but I am so excited to be back into cheering. I realized lately how much I loved it and am really looking forward to next year. The girls on the squad all seem really nice and it will be good to get more involved in something beyond Lovett.

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I’m stupid but lucky

April 17, 2006

Once again I fail at life, but luck gets me through. I, like the idiot I am, forgot that registration started today at 8 am and didn’t get up to register. Since I woke up with a migraine this morning I took some excedrin and went back to sleep. Then around 10:30 I sat straight up in bed realizing that I had forgotten to register. I frantically log onto Esther and find out that I only missed getting into one class, golf. The rest of the classes I wanted were still open and I was the first to register for some of them. I am so lucky! So here is what I am tentatively taking next semester:

Poli 315 Elections and Political Behavior (MWF 11-11:50)
Poli 432 Urban Policy Seminar (F 1:30-4:30)(which I may have to drop because of cheerleading)
Hart 280 History and Aesthetics of Film (Th 1-5)
Hart 482 Third World Cinema (T 1-5)
Econ 211 Intro to Economics (MWF 10-10:50)
Astr 221 Observing the Night Sky (T 7-8)
Rich 272 How to Buy a House/Invest in Real Estate (TBA)
Lpap 155 Intro to Ballet or Lpap 176 Self Defense for Women or Lpap 198 Nutrition and Fitness

It looks good for next semester. My earliest classes are 10 on MWF and 9:25 on TTh. Whoo hoo for a great senior year!

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More Grad School Decisions to Make

April 4, 2006

So I am not even applying to grad school until this fall, but I’m already freaking out about it (as anyone who has heard about my nightmares can attest to). I have so many decisions to make, where do I want to go, what exactly I want to study, do I want to get a Master’s first or go straight for the PhD, and lastly, how am I going to pay for it all???

My list of schools to apply to is an ever-growing list. What I want to study is fairly well decided upon, except I haven’t decided what I would write my dissertation on if I do my PhD. I know I want to study comparative politics and focus on North American politics and cooperation. I would like to do something basically concentrating on Canadian and US politics and how the two interact, but what would I research in specific? I want to go ahead and start working on my PhD because it would save me time in the long run, but all the Canadian universities I am looking at applying to require a Master’s before enrolling for a Ph.D. The last question is one that truly worries me. I don’t want to be in debt until I’m 60, and some programs that I am interested in are ridiculously expensive, and fellowships and stipends in social sciences are much lower than for natural sciences and engineering. Interestingly, the Fulbright Student Awards for study in Canada is for exactly what I would like to do. It would only pay for the first year, but that would be incredibly helpful. Only thing is, I don’t think I would even have a shot at getting it. There are 15 formal enrollment awards for Canada and last year there were nearly 60 applications (most likely from people much more qualified than I am). Oh well, it was a thought. I might look into it some more and maybe apply. Who knows? It’s still several months away.

Now I just need to figure out the rest of those questions and take the GRE. I hate applications for school! I just did this 2 years ago and the year before that. When will it all end???

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Jump for Joy

April 3, 2006

So I got the greatest news tonight… Tom Delay is resigning!!! He is making the announcement tomorrow that he will be stepping down and withdrawing from the fall election. This makes me so amazingly happy! This is a slap in the face to many who tried to defend Delay to me, and it is incredibly gratifying. Well everyone, may the race begin for Delay’s seat!

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EOL RRF

April 1, 2006

So Beer Bike is over. I’m sunburned and have a few welts from water balloons, but overall it was fun. However, I think that Lovett contributed to the nationwide increase in profanities today. Check out this article. I really think Lovett is at least partly responsible.