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Hello, stranger: A fall semester round-up

7 Jan

While this very well may have been the biggest break I’ve taken since I started this blog, rest assured that there is a story behind my absence. The story of a Ph.D. student struggling to stay on top of her classes and keep up on sleep while maintaining a small semblance of a social life. That being said — I wanted to update everyone on some of the greater happenings of this semester.

I’ll start by saying that Ohio University has been very good to me. My fall semester consisted of Introduction to Graduate Study, a journalism teaching seminar, Research Methods, Mass Communication Theory, Ethics, Internet and Society, and Thursday night bull-sessions at Jackie O’s.

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OU Orientation: My Scripps schedule for Fall 2012

25 Aug

After three months of worry and two days of orientation, I finally have a schedule for my fall semester at Ohio University!

My Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be dedicated to the Multimedia Reporting class I’m set to teach this fall.

While I will only teach one Monday lecture, the class meets from 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. each week. I’ll be handling a lab section of the course, which meets from 7:30 to 9:20 on Wednesday and Friday mornings. As happy as I am to keep the majority of my day free, I am not looking forward to waking up so early.

My Tuesdays and Thursdays, however, are pretty busy.

My first class, Research Methods, meets from 9:10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Mass Communication Theory immediately follows and stretches from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. I have a bit of a break before my last class of the day, Ethics, Internet and Society, which meets from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

I am also enrolled in two one-credit hour classes — Introduction to Graduate Study and the Scripps Journalism Teaching Seminar. The department head is supposed to look over student schedules this week to determine when everyone is available to meet. The one-hour classes meet once a week, so it shouldn’t be too inconvenient regardless of when they’re scheduled.

I’m taking 15 credits, so I expect to be pretty busy for the next four months. Regardless, I’ll make sure to keep up with this blog to update everyone on my academic endeavors. Addam and I are both very excited to get started this Monday.


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright (1865 – 1939).