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Back to School!

So yeah, I figured I should post before I forget what it was like to, y'know, do fun things ever.

So school starts back up Monday. I met up with some of my friends from the English department for lunch yesterday and caught up on news and going on and such like. It's very odd being a grad student while working in a different department because I'm only physically there for classes, so I miss a lot of the politics and gossip and suchlike. Which is possibly healthy, but also rather inconvenient at times. I turned in my First Year Review packet a few weeks ago, so apparently I'll meet with the Grad Advisory Committee and whatnot sometime in September and then hear back in October. I'm not worried about it, mostly because I have all of my work stuff to worry about instead.

Work stuff. Oy. The past three weeks was spent trying to clean up an epic!fail on my boss's part. We have a new processing archivist starting in a week (being newly tenured--hee!--I get to be his mentor, so one more thing to do) and though he'll largely be working offsite, my boss wanted him to have an office in the building. My boss also decided he wanted to keep an office on my floor empty as a symbol of the fact that we are sans Univerity Archivist right now, and also keep the work room/office from the desk staff we no longer have as interim space for student workers and admin stuff, and then give the shared desk of MY staff to the newb. Who were less than thrilled, understandably. So then I had to keep them from freaking out while calmly explaining to my boss why this is a Really Bad Idea, and ultimately came to the compromise of we'd carve a new cubicle space for them out of the basement. SIGH. In short, this is why faculty/staff relations can be toxic, and for no good reason. Added low point is now everyone also resents the new guy before he starts because of the cross-floor upsets and such like, so this is another thing I'll have to navigate as his mentor. :| In my next life, I'm going to be less useful so I won't be expected to magically clean up all problems. Or something.

We've already got a bunch of classes signed up for visiting the library too. I'm not teaching this semester through crazy random happenstance, but I'm not complaining about it either since I need to buckle down and finish a bunch of projects and write the Martin catalog. We've had a bunch of planning meetings and I'm trying to, again, be the sane person and advocate cool events but not make an epic zoo of things we can't handle. I swear, twenty minutes with our marketing guy was him saying "let's do X!" and me saying "ok, who's going to do X? who's going to provide security? how are we going to train people?" etc etc etc.

For all that, I'm looking forward to the new semester because I'm such an utter dork. I've always kind of gotten a rush from the start of new classes--and yeah, promptly six weeks later I've usually thought, Why do you do this to yourself, Cait??--so what can I say. This semester I'm taking Anglo Saxon, Queer Theory, and Recovering 19th Century Women Writers. Fun times! Right now my plan is to finish my course work next semester, then take my prelims in the fall of '14, which would give me a year to read the ~100 book reading list and prepare like the OCD nut I am. My goal this semester is to figure out my dissertation topic for realsies and then finish putting my committee together. My problem per usual is I have too many ideas:

*the literature of the Great Fire
*how the Great Fire effected the London Book Trade (80 printers died)
*something with women printers?? There are records of women printers but history has always maintained the "they just ran the business, they didn't actually, y'know, PRINT" and I'd like to argue with that because, well, why wouldn't they?? Sure it was messy work but no worse than, well, any other option in the 17th c. But how to really research that on a documentary level???

So, um, yeah. Wow, this post got long. How about that?

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amine_eyes
Aug. 25th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
First: aSKDJHASDKJASHDKJASHDKJASH CAN I SIT IN YOUR MODULES PLEASE. I'LL BE VERY QUIET APART FROM THE FLAILING.

Second: Eufght fun times indeed, here's hoping the new guy's arrival goes a lot smoother!

Third: Same with regards to waiting for uni to start - only two weeks now, and oh god I want to be back already! Even though I'm going to die of all the facts xD

Fourth: F:SADKJFHAS:DKJSHA:KJ CAN I JUST STEAL ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE and okay I'll stop flailing now.
caitri
Aug. 26th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
BUT I HAVE SO LITTLE ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE! I JUST HAVE RESEARCH SKILLZ! *cuddles* What are you taking this term?
amine_eyes
Aug. 26th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
ALL THE RESEARCH :DDDDDDDD I'm doing Stewart Kings in Scotland 1424-1513 (FIELD TRIPS \o/), Black People in Britain 1750-1950 Racism, Riots and Resistance, and Africa in the 20th Century :)

Incredibly interesting, but I will die :'D
caitri
Aug. 26th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
The Stuarts and the Black People in Britain classes sound awesome!!!!!!!!!!
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