Monday, October 26, 2015

Back to School

It feels good to be writing on my blog again.

It's been ten weeks since I've written here, mostly because school and teaching have the majority of my attention.  If you read my last post, you know that I started a PhD program in English Rhetoric & Writing at Bowling Green State University.  We just started our tenth week of the semester.  That doesn't even seem possible, but the time has flown by.

Even on my busiest days, I'm loving it here.  I love being back in school.  I love being involved in academia again.  I am learning so much and am growing as a teacher and a scholar.  My classmates and I are becoming great friends.

So far this semester, I managed to catch a terrible virus that lasted for over two weeks, summer became fall, I decided to pursue the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies certificate, my dad came to visit me on campus, Justin and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary (and we took a weekend trip to Indianapolis to celebrate)...

And I've done a lot of homework.  I've taught my first-year writing course.  I've met lots of people.

It's been a great journey so far and I'm sure it will continue to be throughout the course of my studies in this doctoral program.

Life is good.

Justin is getting ready to leave this week for another grad school class.  He has one more class this semester and one next semester and he will have a master's degree.  I'm quite proud of that boy.

I feel like I haven't seen my family in a long time (which is kind of true).  I saw my parents briefly on Labor Day and my dad came to visit a few weeks ago, but I'm really missing "home" back in Indiana.  I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving Break so much.  My younger brother, Tyler, is halfway through his first semester of college at Manchester University where he plays on the baseball team.  He finished his fall season and did great.  I miss him and my older brother and can't wait to see everyone over the holidays.

Even though I miss my family and I often am bombarded with homework and grading, I wouldn't trade being here at BGSU for anything.  I love my program and the people in it.  I'm constantly learning and growing.

Life is good.  God is good.

Me with my dad (at BGSU) during his visit.

Justin and I in the canal district on our anniversary trip to Indianapolis.