Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 1 - What I Learned

What did I learn the first day of my PhD program?

I don't have time to post this blog right now. Lots of reading and a bit of writing to do tonight before I head off to bed (this blog was written Tuesday night but posted Wednesday morning). So I'll keep this short and sweet.

I left my house at 6:30 a.m. for class. I returned at 6:30 p.m. Ouch. People around the country do this every day. If you're one of them, you have my utmost respect. I work from home. I roll out of bed, cross the hallway and plop down at the computer.

But it's also kind of exciting. Both of my professors are great. I already have ideas flowing for the assigned essays. None of the food places on campus are open in the summer (I know!), so I'll be snacking on fruits and veggies that I bring every day and lose a few pounds.

Can't beat that. Now, it's off to work I go!

P.S. Check out my blog (I wrote it before I started my classes) at Working Stiffs today.


  1. Congrats Professor, on starting your PhD program. A change of pace in life is indeed least, for a bit!

    12 hours seems a lot of time for the first day!
    What's the breakdown? Long commute times? Which courses are you taking this semester? How many days a week?

    Good Luck!


  2. Hi, Vishal! I hope you're doing well. The commute is about an hour each way, and I'm taking two five-week classes in the first Summer Session. They are Literacy & Technology (which focuses on incorporating technology in the classroom) and Qualitative Research. Both are interesting and include lots of reading and writing.

    How are you? You mentioned something about emailing me, but I didn't receive anything. I hope all is well. Thanks for stopping by the diner!

  3. Your courses seem interesting! Does Qualitative Research involve any math?

    One hour each way = two hours! wow! That's a huge commute! But on the brighter side, you can finish listening to an audio book every two weeks! Maybe your favorite, paranormal fiction?! Do you know of this site?

    I am surprised that you haven't received any emails from me. I emailed you on 5/11, 5/13, 5/25 to both your wccc and yahoo ids! Please see your bulk mail/spam folder, in case its there or I will resend them.

  4. Vishal, the courses are interesting. Yes, qualitative research includes some math. It's a common misconception that qualitative and quantitative research are polar oppositions, but that is not the case. However, as is the situation with all theories, someone would surely disagree with that statement.

    I will check the spam folders. Please do resend. I should be able to get your emails without flaw at the WCCC address. Yahoo may be different. Thanks for stopping by the blog!