What a week!

This has been a week.

Visited my parents last weekend – saw the new house in the country – and had a great time with them. Unfortunately, I got really far behind, and have been playing mad catch up all week. When you’re a full time student who has a job and is starting a non-profit, that’s not exactly easy.

Now, after having accomplished a lot of things for Grand Aspirations, I feel much better. About Wednesday and Thursday, I was really not feeling good about the amount of things I had to do for Communications/Media. Not only is this a fledgling group, but we are made up of two people (well, three, if you count Pantelis, who is only doing graphics. But we aren’t doing graphics yet.), and have a lot on our plates.

Here’s what I’ve been doing:

1. Contacting/solidifying details to give a workshop at Northern Plains Powershift, on October 25th.

2. Contacting/solidifying details to have someone else give a workshop at the Carolinas Powershift on October 16th (as in … Friday. yeeeeaaaaaahhhh).

3. Worked out a timeline of all the things we need to do as a working group for the semester.

4. Spent three hours going over the Draper-Richards grant Letter of Inquiry. This didn’t have to be so much time, but I was just about to be done (hour and a half), when I realized I’d forgotten about a key aspect of it and needed to go back over it again.

And I’m proud to say that I was able to get most of this done! I just finished a fabulous, in-person meeting with Liz, my cohort, and we planned the workshop and have sent it to others for review. It’s looking like a pretty cool workshop – all about how to harness your personal power to help build a group. Hopefully it will be inspiring, and get people thinking. The wonderful Juliana, a friend of mine and former Midwest Region Coordinator for the Sierra Student Coalition, is going to look over the workshop and tell Liz and I what she thinks about it.

So, at the moment, all of the emails I needed to send for Grand Aspirations are sent, the workshop is planned, and I have a pretty good idea what the meeting on Wednesday will consist of. Not so sure about who will be writing the proposal for the Advisory Committee to review by Wednesday, but that will not take as long as these other tasks.

Definitely starting this week off in a good place. I feel like I know what, exactly, needs to happen for us to pull off the Carolinas Powershift on Friday.

All of this was also complicated by the fact that I was behind on my schoolwork. With the kind of classes I have this semester, that was Bad News Bears.

But I really do love my classes. Three of my classes are really reminding me why I love school, and are making me think about Grad School again. (Thinking about grad school again is a step in the right direction … sometimes …) I love Mike’s class, but wish I could hear more from the professor. It’s really a student-focused class, and I want to hear some more of his analysis.

Marcela’s class is really badass. Every class is like a mini-history lesson on Renaissance Drama, but we also have extremely in-depth theory and cultural relevance discussions. I feel like, if I were a professor, I would aspire to be like her in whatever my field was. Every class is different, and interesting.

And my Development to Globalization class is fantastic. I thought it might be emotionally draining/depressing, but instead I’m fascinated by trying to find the solutions to all of these problems. Perhaps it’s my exposure to such a positive activist community, or some sort of rediscovered naivete, but I’m inspired by this huge challenge.

Right now, I’m torn between going to grad school for English or International Studies. I love story-telling, and analyzing what stories say about culture and society, but I also feel an obligation to tackle political/international/environmental issues as a professor, and engage students in thinking in new ways. And obviously I can’t get a double PhD! That’s NEVER gonna happen.

But I’m not going to grad school right away, so I have time. I have Seattle to help me figure that one out.

Side-note: Today has been a hip-hop day. I bought Brother Ali’s new album, “Us,” and have been chewing on that. (I find it takes me a while to digest a new hip-hop album; I have to listen to it a lot on the first day of owning it.) Because of Brother Ali, I’ve also been listening to Doomtree’s “False Hopes” album today a lot. I think this whole week will be hip-hop related.

Man, I love how creative good hip-hop is.

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