I started a Masters program in September and am taking two classes. I’m also working on a grant that is up in July, when the web site I’m designing needs to go live.
In April I was elected the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) union chapter chair of the CUNY Graduate Center. This chapter has been inactive for over five years. I am expected to attend at least three meetings a month, not counting any meetings I chair at the GC. There’s a lot of work in trying to reactivate the chapter too: planning meetings, recruiting meetings, organizational meetings. Even with one day a week release time for union activities, I am finding the chapter needs a lot of attention.
Meanwhile, one class has me constantly reading and posting materials to a web site while I have no idea what I’m doing in the other one. That one is using SPSS, a program that can manipulate census data in such ways that it can answer and raise questions. I came from a humanities background and have no training in statistics. I am completely lost, and our final is taking a problem and manipulating data to get answers, and then writing a report on that data. The only reason I took the class was because I thought that it would be good to have some idea as to how data is processed.
I still volunteer and serve as a trustee at the Historical Society. However, I had to drop volunteering at the Warner Library because it conflicted with one of my class times, but I intend to go back when the term is over.
Needless to say, I have been doing a lot. And, because of this, I no longer have as much time to write blog entries. This is sad, since I do like writing my blogs. I guess I’m just asking for you to bear with me.