This is my life now. All the writing rules and references I need for the next three years are contained in this lovely spiral-bound reference manual. It cost $33 on Amazon, and I am certain it will be worth the price. 

The university EdD program does provide an electronic version of the APA Manual, 6th edition...but I have struggled with referencing it as an eBook. And, failing to cite sources in APA Style has cost me a few points. So, I am going analog. 

At a recent CapCUE Board meeting, I saw a scholarly publication from 1917 displayed on the wall. It made my inner letterpress nerd happy to see the gorgeous borders, hand-set type, and careful saddle-stitch binding. Interestingly, the spiral-bound APA Manual states that it is "typeset" in Sabon, Futura, and Univers. It struck me how much has changed in 100 years, and how much has stayed the same. 

week 2

I'm exhausted, but in a good way. I have just finished my first week of the doctorate of education program, and I cannot recall a time when I was asked to read so much material. The synthesizing and the writing, have also been mentally taxing. 

Someone asked why I would ever want to subject myself to something like this. The only answer I can give is that I am doing it for me. And, I also explain that it is similar to a strenuous physical workout...one in which you don't think you'll finish, but you feel good once it is complete. 

Yes, it is only week one of a three year program. It has been a bear. Finding the right tempo, or readjusting my study habits has been a challenge. I know I will have to give up a lot of my leisure time. However, I am making something. I am making something for myself. And, I keep reminding myself of that feeling at the finish line, no matter how far away it might be. 

time management

I've been thinking a lot about time management, lately. After reviewing the summer semester reading schedule and course outlines for the EdD program, I realized that I really need to optimize my time. 

Time optimization means less time for hobbies, like letterpress printing *sigh* and no binge-watching Netflix/Amazon Prime shows. Instead, I’ll be reading, writing, and listening to books on tape. I’m not sure what other strategies would best, but I'm sure I’ll be re-examining a lot of my routines abs habits. What that looks like, exactly, is still uncertain. 

“Time is a trick invented by the Swiss.”

EdD program

Oscar Wilde wrote that one can never be overdressed or overeducated. So, I'm going with the later. As of yesterday, I have officially been admitted to a Doctor of Education program. 

#terminaldegree #showmeyourlits 

When people try to tell you who you are, don’t listen to them.