Sui Generis

August 29, 2006

Reality is creeping in…

Filed under: Life — by Joyful Girl @ 9:52 pm

“Other people may be there to help us, teach us, guide us along our path, but the lesson to be learned is always ours.” ~ Unknown

Wow…two days into MSW program and I’m already wondering how I am ever going to get through the next two years in one piece!  Don’t get me wrong, I am so excited and feel very positive that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.   But now I have a better sense of the work-load that is expected and I get the feeling that there are going to be periods of time in the semester when I am not going to be very easy to be around…

There is so much to learn, read and do….in a way, I can see these two years flying by.   I guess I was a little naive prior to starting school, in my thinking that this program will not be too intense.  I had wavered for a while before applying to the MSW program, not quite sure if I wanted to pursue the pure academic route by getting a Master’s in Sociology or going with a program that offered more clinical, hands on experiences such as the Master’s in Social Work.   I chose to go the MSW route figuring this would be the more marketable (and flexible) degree to have in the end.  I also had this notion that the course work would not be as heavy as the Sociology graduate level.  I sure was mistaken!

One thing that especially intimidates me right now is the whole idea of technical writing.  I’ve always been comfortable with the writing and research process, but at this level, all bets are off.  Papers have to be written in APA style, and the professors seem really strict about this.   I bought an APA Publication Manual, as everyone and their brother strongly suggested…and I know I have my work cut out for me big time.

But the challenge is invigorating.  I feel so at home in the university culture.  This is a very exciting and life-changing time….I look forward to this journey and am grateful to be able to take it.


August 26, 2006

Just stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Joyful Girl @ 9:30 pm

“When you feed that need, it opens a door. Your best thoughts, your best ideas, come through relaxation and play.”  ~ Roberta Goheen

I survived this past week of orientation overload!   At the beginning of the week, I had a two day orientation at the agency I will be doing my 1st  year of field placement.   I have to say, the group at this agency is terrific, I love the energy from these folks.  I feel quite positive about being there.

Then Thursday and Friday were the two day orientations for the new students in the MSW program at school.  That was a bit more grueling.  Lots of logistical stuff to sort through….I met some fellow students and my advisor, went to a few introductory meetings and had some computer and writing refresher seminars.    I am really looking forward to school though, I feel so at home when I am there.   This is my last weekend of “freedom” …classes start on Monday.

Its a kind of gloomy day today, cool and cloudy.  I’ve been watching re-runs of “Beverly Hills, 90210”, lingering over my coffee and just hanging out.   I feel the need to be very low-key this weekend….I know it will be a while before I enjoy this little luxury again.

August 23, 2006

Thumbs down to Waldenbooks

Filed under: News and Culture — by Joyful Girl @ 9:26 pm

“Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Ugh–this is utter bullshit.  A Mississippi Waldenbooks store recently pulled all of the books off the shelves in their relationship/adult section because some ultra conservative nut job was offended by the title and cover of The Good Sex Bible.   I am flaberghasted, not only by the corporate decision to react so dramatically but also because I am trying to do a search on for this book and it simply does not appear to exist!  It is also very difficult to find any information about this book on google.  I came across a couple of websites that state the book was to be released in 2005, and yet there are virtually no real links to find out more about this book.   Perhaps a glitch, but then again, perhaps not.  I am quite curious to know what the deal is.

I never even heard of this book before today and honestly wouldnt be interested in reading it based on its title alone.  But for some bible thumping radical woman in Mississippi, the title alone was enough to raise such a ruckus that every book in the relationship section of Waldenbooks gets pulled and the store manager has had to face the threat of arrest as well- though I am not clear on what charges.  

All this makes me feel very sad indeed.   Censorship continues to creep into our society. I wonder how many realize that the religious fanatics in our own country pose more of a threat to us than radcial religious-terrorists abroad do.

August 18, 2006

Back to the business of writing

Filed under: Life — by Joyful Girl @ 9:13 pm

Writing is the only socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. – E. L. Doctorow

Its been a whirlwind summer…hard to believe its already winding down.  I’ve been consumed with a couple of projects, mainly the business of updating and renting out the apartment above my parent’s.   Earlier this year, my parent’s (who are getting up in age) transferred ownership of their duplex home to my brother and I.   This summer was the first time in over 20 years a new tenant would be needed for the upper flat.   So, there has been a good deal of updating and repair to be done on the apartment, as well as the somewhat arduous process of screening for tenants.  I never really wanted to be a landlord, but it has become too much for parent’s to deal with on their own.   Naturally, my brother always finds a way to avoid getting involved in family affairs that require him to do actual work, so basicially my husband and I have been running the show.       Needless to say, it has been a trying project at times.   Thankfully, the new tenant moves in in a couple weeks and I hope things run fairly smoothly…keeping fingers crossed.

I’ve also been busy with the business of getting ready to start graduate school on the 28th.   For the last couple of weeks, I have been in the process of interviewing and finding the proper placement for my field work/internship.   I am going to be at a large local agency that services developmentally disabled individuals of all ages.  The program I will be involved most in for this internship is one which works with young adults who are in need of transitioning from the role of high school level student to college.  Its a day program held on actual college campuses in the community and I will work as a social work intern assisting with developement of life skills, interpersonal issues and providing one on one when needed.  It is a big switch from the population I have been working with over the last ten years, the elderly.   I am glad for the opportunity though, because I want my field placements to help to stretch my boundaries and offer new experiences and chances to develop various new skills.  I am a little intimidated, but excited nonetheless.

So, between the apartment and school, I have been MIA for the most part on here.  I want to return to my blogging adventures, and in fact, I am going to post a few back dated entries from items sitting in draft for the last couple weeks.

Hope the summer of 2006 has been good to you…

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