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Waxing Moon, Waning Enthusiasm

Only one week remaining in summer school. I'm looking forward to wrapping it up, probably as much as are the kids, even though I'm getting paid to be there.

My current evening class, MAT 561 Action Research, is, for me at any rate, the most boring and frustrating of any of my University of Phoenix classes so far. I can closely relate to my summer school students and their sense of boredom and lack of enthusiasm. I have two projects due for my Monday night class -- here it is Sunday evening, and I'm kinda-sorta working on them, but having a lot of trouble staying on task... and even more trouble caring. It's literature review research stuff, and some statistics stuff. Good stuff to know, if for no other reason than to come to a better understanding of how statistics can be manipulated, misinterpreted, and misused. But, useful or not, rather dull, at least in this particular setting.

I was going to try to write some "amusing" observations about the summer school students, but that will have to wait. I'm supposed to be working.

I suspect my outlook may improve once summer school is over, and once I have completed my current night class. Including tomorrow night, I have only three classes to go. That's the upside. The downside: big projects due the last two weeks on which I have not even begun.

I am hardly an academic role model.

Oh, but, I got an "A" in the class that wrapped up a couple of weeks ago! Yay!


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Jul. 10th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
Amusement Park of the Mind
:: closes eyes, hits finger cymbals, begins to channel ::

MAT 561 Action Research sounds like a course Major Matt Mason would take. Look carefully around you. He is hiding there*, collecting and analyzing statistics for his latest mission. Your assignment, Sgt. Storm, is to find him . . . and survive the rest of the course together. He will lead you to "Margarita Fridays" at Callisto's place. Enjoy the deluxe nachos, but never drink from the purple cup. It's Scorpio's.

*closer than you think

Jul. 11th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
Re: Amusement Park of the Mind
How do you know this stuff? The Scorpio reference, brilliant! This concept may help make classes more endurable. In fact, as my latest post indicates, I made a little detour into the "amusement park of the mind" this very evening.
Jul. 11th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Amusement Park of the Mind
I'm glad. It's not the only way to survive, but it sure is the most pleasant I've found.
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