I’m back. I took a sabbatical, well I stopped blogging for 4 months. last summer I was accepted in the Master’s of Science for Communications program at Grand Valley State University. I was so excited about my new venture, I decided not to blog until I was done with my class. I was a total success! I got an A! I am still not entirely sure if a Master’s in communications will catapult my professional career, but I am so happy to be learning again. I was so nervous in September, I had no idea what was in store for me. My first grad school class was called Systems Theory. It was an eye opener to say the least. My professor was so dynamic. It was more like being entertained than educated. Some of the reading material was complicated and difficult to comprehend, but because of lively class discussion and the professor’s lectures, I can now say I understand, and know general systems theory. I can’t say as to whether I want to pursue it as a discipline, but I can say that GST(general systems theory) has changed how I think, changed how I make decisions, and changed how I view the world.
The best part about grad school is the freedom of study. We were not given well defined parameters for our research. At first I found this a tad daunting. As an undergrad I was used to being told exactly what to study, what to write, how to write it, and how long it should be. My Comm 600 professor was very ambiguous with our logistical questions such as when someone would ask, “How many pages does the paper need to be?”, he would politely answer back, “As long as it needs to be”. This seemed to be a bit uneasy at first, but liberating. I was finally allowed to do the research I wanted to do. Reading the materials I wanted to read. And I during my presentations, I felt like I was actually teaching the class something. I also learned so much from the other students as well. It is not my intention to sum up my entire experience in my class in one blog, but I felt like I had to share some of what I experience. My head is swimming with data that I am excited about downloading in blogs to come. Even now, I realize, where ever my path takes, writing will have to be a big part of it. For me writing is catharsis. It is a necessary release of information processing, during my figurative conscious REM state of a mundane existence. I will leave with some advice that was very helpful as I reflect on my journey. Don’t spend a lot of time, and energy trying to fix your weaknesses, focus on improving the things you love. I will explain in more detail in my future blogs. It’s good to be back!