When I wrote my Fall 2019 goals, I thought I’d have time to write a couple posts throughout the semester. Technically I did have plenty of time, I just chose to use it for other things (like walk Ollie, read, and get hooked on the Great British Baking Show). Plus, for the 698 class, we had to write Learning Lost posts every 2 weeks, which felt like internal blogging via Google Docs–I really liked it! Plus, a few cohort friends and I read each others’ posts and left comments. Occasionally, I posted tweet reflections using #MariEdDjourney.
My major goal for this semester was to effectively manage my time, and I definitely did that! I ended up using my Passion Planner to track my due dates. I wrote assignment due dates on the bottom of each day (let’s be real, I almost never have plans in the 9 & 10pm hours!), added my own checkpoint due dates for bigger assignments, then checked off the assignments as I completed them. As a result, I was very much on top of my deadlines, almost always finishing things days before the actual due date. In fact, my week-long trip to Iceland barely impacted my workflow, and I returned still ahead of my deadlines.
Back in September, I had the opportunity to video chat with my EdD advisor, Dr. Hsu. He was incredibly encouraging and expressed his confidence in my academic abilities. Dr. Hsu’s major goal for me this semester and throughout this program was to take time to relax. So, he jokingly told me that each of my Learning Log posts needed to include a picture of Ollie and what we were up to. I took this very seriously, as a necessary reminder to enjoy life.
As a whole, I don’t think this semester was too much work. Yes, it was a lot of work, and yes I had to spend some weeknights and weekends doing homework; however, I never felt like it was too much work. Plus, I managed to finish a total of 60 books in 2019, even with all the reading I had to do for my summer and fall classes.
The Most Challenging Assignment
Our final paper for EDTECH 603 (Critical and Cultural Perspectives in Educational Technology) was tough! Our professor has incredibly high expectations, which made me work even harder. One piece of feedback he gave me on my paper rough draft was “Would there be some way to have someone experienced with academic writing proofread your paper?” At first, that really stung! I know I’m a good academic writer and two of my classmates left me extensive helpful feedback. However, this reminded me that there are always areas I can improve. Thankfully my dad is an excellent academic writer and editor, and he read through my paper multiple times. As stressful and anxiety-inducing as this paper was, I know I grew as a student. And, I earned a solid A on the paper!
I really enjoyed my courses this semester. My professors were excellent, responsive, and helpful. I received thoughtful feedback from both my professors and a couple of my peers. Overall, I am still quite happy to be on this EdD journey!