Caution: Academic-in-training

January 9th, 2006 by MrLuxuryFashionGuru

Unbelievable.  I’m actually done with my French paper.  Right on schedule.  And about a week before the deadline.  Can you believe it??  LOL.  And it’s even slightly less anaemic than I thought it would be – I wrote about six and a half pages for the 6-8 page guideline.  You have to understand that at one point I was worried enough to resort to inserting three full pages of pictures to try and bulk the paper out (this reminds me a bit of the City paper I wrote for the same professor last year, and that ended up being pretty long on its own anyway).  Fortunately the pictures actually gave me inspiration for more stuff to say (mainly because I had to justify their existence and make them seem relevant).  So now the paper is about nine pages with pictures 🙂

The bad news is that I am not one bit closer to fixing my totally out-of-whack sleep cycle (thrown into disarray by going to California and taking random naps all the time there).  Each day since I’ve been back I have gone to bed at progressively later and later (read: more and more perposterous) times.  A couple of days ago it was 4.30am.  Yesterday it was 6.30am.  Right now it’s almost 7am, and I’m thinking I should just go to breakfast…  mmmn.  Breakfast.

Presently I’m really excited about this idea I have for an independent Reading/Research class I want to design for myself.  The inspiration is mainly from an article I happened to come across in some copy of the Annual Review of Anthropology while I was doing work for my research assistant job.  The abstract caught my eye because the article (“The Anthropology of Tourism”) seemed both relevant to the French paper I was working on (the one I just finished writing), as well as just very appealing on a personal level.  I’ve always been fascinated by marketing and tourism and the environment (hey, I’m studying ESPP and I’m a college tourguide!).  So when I read through the article it really made me tingle with excitement (which is always such a good feeling) and motivation to learn more.  In short, since the college somehow doesn’t have any real course offerings on the subject (apparently it’s quite a new field of study), I’m going to try and put together my own class exploring the anthropology of tourism, based on some of the many syllabi I manged to download from other colleges.  *tingle*  (Apologies to the various people who’ve heard me prattle on about how exciting this is to me – Supinda, Andrew, Woj, Doug, XW…)

In other really geeky academic news, I’m really happy with the reading I’m doing for the research paper I’ve decided to write for my Libertarian economics class.  In the past twelve hours I’ve read possibly fifty articles from a huge variety of sources – the Economist, PubMed, JStor, National Geographic Magazine, UNAIDS, the WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, Malaria…  so very exciting!  I hope this paper turns out well, at the very least in honor of all this extra research and reading I’m doing.

Ok, it’s past 7am now.  I should start getting dressed, and by the time I’m done the breakfast grill will be open.  Omelette time!  🙂

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