hi all – Meredith here again.
Another week’s gone by — can you believe it’s already mid-August!
Here in Kingston (a city with a high population turn-over thanks to the student population) things are most definitely in flux. Last night I said goodbye to a friend who is pushing off for a great job in Vancouver after finishing her Master’s degree. Another is headed off in a week or so. More will drift off with each passing day. It’s sad!
The good news, however, is that being a university town, you can pretty much guarantee that an influx of interesting new people will be descending on us shortly. In fact, a got word that a friend arrived just this week from Regina — she’ll be started her PhD in the Cultural Studies program in September.
So there’s hope! People leave, but others arrive. And so it goes….
I wish I could tell you I knew if I was coming or going, but things are still kind of up in the air for me right now! There are a few options floating around right now – one involves staying put, the others involve looking further afield for work. We’ll see how it pans out.
For now, however (and as you already well know!) I just have to get my last paper written and defended! I’ve been a bit paralyzed with it, and was only making very slow progress last week. Feeling stuck, a good friend offered to sit down with me and deconstruct what I’d written so far, while helping me determine a solid direction in which to move forward . What a gift! We spent a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon at a coffee shop tearing what I’d written to bits. Then he helped me figure out what I was trying to say, and we drafted up a how-to-proceed outline.
Though I’m comfortable writing, I will admit (as I think I have!) that I get stuck sometimes when I’m trying to produce an academic paper. The process is so different from the journalistic writing I’ve done in the past… and it’s sometimes hard for me to admit that I need help.
I’m glad I did though. I now feel a lot more certain of what I need to do today in order to get ramped up again. I’m still at home, but I’m heading over to the library right now to get into it (I’ll be packing socks and a sweater, since no matter how I dress, I’m always freezing at the end of my daily stint at Stauffer library.. too much A/C!).
I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m going to Toronto for a screening on Friday night, and then off to Halifax for some long overdue visiting next week… so I need to get something cranked out before the end of the week. Wish me luck!