This first month of my Fall semester has flown by,
and I want to take a moment to just step back and appreciate the progress that I've made and evaluate what I've been doing that is working, and what may need some tweaking. The most challenging and gratifying part of this semester has been the work I'm doing with the Digital Humanities Internship. This semester I am working independently on finishing the Team Treehouse web course for "Front End Development." I've developed my own syllabus and have been working each week at accomplishing my goals and chipping away at the course.
This is my first experience with an independent study in my college career, and I am definitely learning a lot more in terms of time management. At the same time, for one of my other courses I am reading NetSmart: How to Thrive Online by Howard Rheingold. A lot of what I'm reading is coming around full circle for me as I practice Rheingold's ideas for my internship as well as on a Fem Theory DOCC I am involved with for my Feminist Theory course. Everything is working together this semester in a way I didn't necessarily have planned.
As I navigate the open seas of independent studies, I am finding that my predilection for procrastination must be challenged. To be honest, I never realized how often I tend to procrastinate until I began to be aware of where my attention was being directed while working on my classwork. Rheingold is challenging me to be aware: to pay attention to what I am paying attention to. In terms of the internship I have had to redirect my attention to accomplish small goals daily. If I don't challenge myself daily, then I wind up focused on everything else for the week that I need or want to accomplish and find myself with only the weekend left to try to cram in the work on Team Treehouse. I now take my weekly syllabus and try to split it up into bite-size chunks which I can daily eat away at. I had to quickly learn this lesson and put it to practice: after the first weekend panic attack as I worked into the wee hours of the morning trying to finish the work for the week, I realized something had to change.
Overall this semester is challenging me in new ways and opening new doors for my future. With my DH internship and my new membership with the HASTAC Scholars for 2014-2015 I can't wait to see what other challenges and opportunities the semester holds!