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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Lessons from college

I am done! That is right. All three papers are officially turned in, the last one just finished a few minutes ago.
Since I am still in the writing mood, I want to list some of the things I learned this semester. Surprisingly (or not...), not one of them had to do with the stated course content. They all have to do with myself.

  1. Last minute is bad! Even though I worked hard on my assignments, somehow I still ended up finishing at the last minute.
  2. Editing is good. Editing is essential. Editing is the difference between crap and gold.
  3. Perfectionism is guaranteed disappointment.
  4. Perfectionism is the drive to do better next time...
  5. I am a good writer. I am not a good organizer. I have a horrible attention span.
  6. Popcap was created by demons to suck the life and productivity from you.
  7. So was webcomics...
  8. I need quiet to write. Even now that we have in-home staff, I still get very little done when my kids are here.
  9. I also need a clean, uncluttered space. It was amazing how much more I got done when I spent 5 minutes picking up before I started.
  10. Nothing replaces notecards.
  11. I overreach. I had the material for a 25 page paper. I only needed to write a 10 page paper. Cutting down made for a banal, choppy and unorganized paper. If I had tightened up my thesis before hand, much good would have come forth.
  12. Not so much a lesson, but a question: Why, after putting in 40 hours on the thing, was I still writing 1 hour before I had to turn it in? On review, I desperately want 5 more hours to edit. My English paper stinks. The Social Work version rocks!
  13. APA beats MLA any day.
  14. Philosophy is mastering the art of bullshit.
  15. I did one thing right! Picking the same topic for Social Work and English was a stroke of genius.... Thank you, Ms. Shields!
  16. Communication with your superiors is essential. Every time I ran into an issue (death, destruction and mayhem- literally) I spoke with my professors. All of them worked with me. I would have failed all 3 classes if I hadn't.
  17. Even to this day, I do better if I write the paper, edit, then do the proposal/outline/etc.... Why? I don't know.
  18. I am my own worst enemy.
Now I have a to-do list about a mile long. Projects, Christmas, and general housekeeping all await my energetic, happy self.

I am feeling very impatient. I want to know my grades now....