I attended this webinar and it was so powerful and so moving. The Dean of the School of Education was on of the panelists. I also knew one of the other panelists. In the beginning of the webinar, we were asked to hold our breath for as long as we can. I think it was like 19 seconds. When we were told release our breath, we were asked to imagine how long George Floyd had to go without breathing. I was so moved. I enjoyed hearing from the panelists and learning about ways we can work together to change systemic racism.
To be honest, I am learning about my privilege and my whiteness and how I can use my privilege for the good. This has been hard for me and it is not easy. I have read books about white privilege and tried to really understand how best to stand up and help all students. I am trying to learn and to open my eyes to what is going on out there, and to not ignore it anymore. Imagine what humanity would be like if we took the time to understand our privilege and how to channel it in the right direction.
I reached out to the person who asked us to hold our breath. We are connected on LinkedIn and I told her how much it meant to me, how I appreciate her, and how that moment will remain with me.
Well the Spring semester is officially over. I just completed my last assignment which was a three minute video on an influential author from the course. I chose Johnson. I am officially done with the Spring semester. It feels weird. Typically, I would be ready to go out and celebrate, and hang out with friends, but nope social distancing is important right now I guess. I am getting to the point where I am over it a little.
I have no plans for the rest of the week. Over the weekend, I will be reviewing nominations for the SLICE Awards and ranking nominations. Andrew and I were just talking what is a weekend anymore? Since there is nowhere to go and nothing to do really except stay at home. I guess a weekend is just a couple days where you don’t have to log onto work. I already miss the old way. I know people are going to say the old way wasn’t working, but ignorance is bliss….
This evening I was getting ready to take dinner out of the oven, when I got a text from my friend who is in my grad program. She said, results of her lit review was up and that she passed! I immediately grabbed my phone and logged in. I checked to see if my results were posted and they were. I passed! I was so relieved. I am so glad that the hardest part is over with. I dropped my phone in excitement. Drew said, “Babe, talk to me! What is it!?” I said,”I passed!” He congratulated me and gave me a big hug and a kiss. He said, he was so proud of me. I am so grateful for him and for his support. I can’t believe it. I am one class away from my Masters degree! I called my parents and told them the news. There were so happy for me. I texted Andrew’s mom and told her. She congratulated me. This was a huge weight off my shoulders. I am ready for summer! One more assignment for Ethics class due next Thursday and the Spring semester is over!
Today, I worked on the first half of my ethics homework, and I planned to submit the second half later in the afternoon, or perhaps maybe even tomorrow. I had to read the first half of the book facilitating moral growth in college students, then read a blog entry. The professor sent us our grade on our ethical dilemma papers. I got an A-. He also graded our discussion post from last week, and I got an A on the post as well. I am not too worried about this class. I am anxiously awaiting the results of my lit review! The 20th can’t come soon enough.
This morning, I e-mailed the final draft of my lit review to my professor and CCed my advisor. They both have to sign off on it for me to pass. I can’t wait to find out the results. This was the biggest and most exciting thing that happened all day.
As I write this blog post, Drew is vacuuming. Our lives are so exciting right now. I am just glad we are able to be together during this time of the coronavirus.
Today, I finally submitted my lit review for my Masters of Education. I feel good about it. I am nervous, but I think it will be okay. I am anxious to receive the final feedback and see my grade. It is a Pass/Fail class. I imagine the only you can fail is if you don’t hand in a lit review, so I have to Pass since I turned one in right? It is hard to believe I have one more semester to go and I graduate in December.
At some point today, Andrew’s parents are dropping off our Easter dinner. His dad made Ham, easter bread, and a few other things. I just have to whip up some scalloped potatoes for us tomorrow and we are set. We are excited for our first Easter dinner by ourselves, but a little sober, because we miss being around our families. Hopefully, we will be able to see everyone soon.
I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping healthy.
Today, I work virtually with CMU until 2pm. I submitted my ethical dilemma paper. At 4:30pm today, I have to present with my group on our case study. Our case study is about GPA calculations, and the readings are about for profit colleges. I thought how am I going to apply this to the readings. I thought about it, but it was a stretch. I typed up my thoughts in the shared google doc. I had a call with the professor for ethics class on Monday, I asked for his advice, and he said he didn’t have to use the readings for the week. We could use any readings in the course, just as a long has we had a good conversation with him about the case and tried to apply our knowledge. I reported back to our group, and we just decided to run with it and see what happens. I wasn’t all that concerned. Today, we plan to discuss the case study and the reading at 4:15pm. I know we will do well. This is the second to last assignment in the class. We have group discussions regarding the readings and one 3-minute video presentation on an influential author in the course that influenced us. I haven’t even thought about that presentation yet.
Right now, I have the window cracked open a bit, and the blinds are open. I am letting the sun and the fresh air motivate me. I plan to be as productive as possible today.
Today, I am working on my ethics homework. I added some information to the google doc for our group project, and then I added some more quotes to my ethical dilemma paper, and sent it off to my professor for our phone call tomorrow. I am seeking one more round of feedback before it is due on Thursday. I feel confident about it.
Also, yesterday, I saw that my professor seminar class submitted her feedback on the draft that I sent her. This is the last round of feedback before the final submission that is due on April 13th. I will implement her feedback, and connect with my writing tutor. All I have to do is now write 3-pages of solutions, and 1 page conclusion. It is slowly winding down.
Earlier, I got out for a bit and took a walk with Andrew in our neighborhood. It is gorgeous outside. I am looking forward to seeing what this new week has in store.
At 4:30pm today, I enrolled in my last graduate class at the University Of Pittsburgh. In December of this year, I will have Masters of Education. I can’t believe it. Here we are. I enrolled in my last semester. It is crazy to think that this is almost over. I wonder what higher education will be like in the Fall? will we be able to return to campus? or not? I am not sure what to think. It is a weird time for higher education and to have a masters degree that is higher education centralized. I am interested to see how this is going to unfold.
At 10am, I had a virtual group meeting for project that we are working on for ethics class. We had to analyze this case study on GPA calculations and connect it to the readings for the week. Admittedly, I need to reread this case study, and start the readings. We devised a plan of attack and set the deadline for March 31st to having everything in the google doc. I am hoping it comes together pretty easily. We talked about how he constructed the rest of the class due to everything being in an online format. I am trying to remain optimistic. This week I feel like I am adapting to this new way of life. It is a little frustrating, but we are all in this together.