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I went to DragonCon and even got most of my homework done before I went, so I didn't have to spend half the con in my room studying. I still mostly just hung out with friends and looked at costumes, but it was worthwhile, because I got to see people I hadn't seen in a year.

Grad school continues apace. I'm still enjoying my 2 linguistics classes (History of German and Languages in Contact), and I think Teaching College German is going OK (thanks, Goethe course!). I'm not overly fond of the literature seminar, but I like the second book we're reading better than the first (so far; I'm only on chapter 2.) It's by Günter Grass, so it's dense and complex, sentence wise, and it looks like it's about modern right extremism, which is always interesting.

My classmates are generally nice, but I haven't really Made Friends with any of them. We spend time together at school and sometimes out of it (which reminds me, I want to ask our facebook chat if anyone wants to get dinner this week after either seminar or History of German). Part of it may be because I live a little over a mile away (and not in the same apartment complex as all the Germans apparently) but also because I'm really boring and come home and do homework at night and go to bed at 10.

Thankfully I'm busy enough with homework that I don't have time to sit around being sad about my extrovert battery draining (though dragoncon helped that a lot).

On which note, since I got groceries, cleaned the bathroom, and did some prep for the class I TA, it's time for dinner and some homework so I don't have to do ALL THE HOMEWORK tomorrow.

Date: 2016-09-13 12:07 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] anthimeria
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Glad things are going well, and that DragonCon was good. Getting Things Done! Yay! *offers fistbump*

Date: 2016-09-10 09:57 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] xjenavivex.livejournal.com

How's the cut?

Date: 2016-09-11 04:05 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] steuard.livejournal.com
My social survival strategy in grad school was to quickly clump into a homework group. We'd get together a couple times a week to talk through the work that was coming due. The core of that group gradually transitioned away from homework (as our work diverged) and toward games and movies and other social activities, but the early homework excuse to get together was essential (even though it drove me nuts from time to time).

I have no idea how feasible that looks to you, given your program and your peers. (My friend Will was about 10 years older than the rest of us, but the group worked out for him, too.)

Date: 2016-09-11 05:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] steuard.livejournal.com
Yeah, that makes it harder. Could it still be worthwhile to get together every week or two to talk about what the reading *means*, or what the professor is hoping you'll get out of it? Or to generally sit down and take stock of current topics of focus in your various classes and how they relate to the rest of life? Or maybe this is just not a viable strategy for building a social group in a program like this.

Good luck on drumming up that dinner group!


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