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Hi, I’m Barry, and I’m a Procrastinating Perfectionist

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Being in Graduate school now, I’m realizing that some of my old ways will not fly simply because of the amount of work that I’m having to do for school in tandem with teaching time and preparation. I am having to break some of the habits that I have acquired in my undergrad and that I’ve developed as of being out of school for the past couple of years…*sigh*….however, the biggest one of these is my procrastinating perfectionism.

It’s a terrible thing to be actually…if I didn’t give a shit it would all be okay. However, I do care about the quality of my work and will stay up late the night before an assignment is due trying to bang it out and bring it up to my standards at the same time. Now, I will not say that I have ever been a “great” writer because believe me I can improve. Yet, recently, I’ve realized that with the amount of reading that I do for classes in a weeks time teamed with this is likely the recipe for disaster. So, I’m trying to do a few things to help me keep focused and moving forward.

1) Having a schedule. At least mentally, I want to have my days nailed down so I know exactly what I need to do to get my work accomplished and still have some time for Barry. I know some people might say that I need a planner, and maybe I do. However, they have never worked for me in the past. I can’t see them working for me now…

2) Try to finish drafts of paper in advance of the final due date. This may seem like a no brainer to some people out there, but to me, it seems practically foreign. My mind says that I will do better if I work under pressure. Still, a part of me knows that it would be a great relief to have the stress removed from my mind earlier, and then, I could polish the drafts to make them better, rather than turning in a first draft. Doing so could also help me get people to look over my work and check for those dreaded grammatical errors…people are much more willing if you do it in advance…

3) Try to remain organized. Now, I won’t say that I’ve ever won an award for being the most organized person in the world, but I do try to stay on top of things. My theory is if I keep things were they are accessible and evident that I might not lose something…which is the worst feeling in the world (I’m actually looking for a copy of Microsoft Office right now that I have misplaced…it’s old, but I need it for a new PC).

Maybe with a little determination and force of will, I can keep up with these few guidelines that I’ve set for myself and won’t be freaking out at the time of finals wondering how in the hell I’m going to finish everything that I’ve let pile up around me. They say the first step in fixing a problem is to admit it…so, yeah….that one is out of the way.

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September 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Mental Gymnastics

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My mind feels like a butterfly clamped between the thumb and index finger of a young child…You may be wondering how something like this may be relevant to my random stream of thought in the world at large and on some hand it might not be connected at all…or maybe it’s more interconnected that anyone could ever dream.

In the past few weeks, I have went from working a job at a Kroger in Nashville doing multiple different things. On my off days, I would try to coordinate an upcoming move (which has just happened, matter-of-factly, I just moved…more on that in a bit). It was hectic to say the least between people needing me to do my job at the company and me needing well me to get prepared for a change of scenery.

The move finally happened, and now, I am settling into a new place. New apartment, new people, new job, new station in life for a while, new…well everything. I know that I might not have mentioned this in my blog thus far, but I am embarking on a new journey into a graduate program. As of right now, I don’t know what to think or feel other than nervous and a little scared because I’ve been out of formal academic classroom setting for a couple of years. I am antsy overall. To top this, I feel like a little fish in a big pond to use a very clichéd simile. I don’t know what to expect and am questioning my validity somewhat. Maybe it’s the first week jitters…who knows?

All I know is that I hope that as I begin to settle into a routine and get some semblance of familiarity and balance that life will begin to not feel like I am flapping fruitlessly in the chubby fingers of some child. While there is much more I could write, I believe that I might be sounding whiny or bitchy in some way…sooooo, I think that it’s better if I just leave it at that. C’est la vie.

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August 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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A Transitory Life

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Since completing college in the spring of 2008, both years have been completely different in regards to where I lived, who I lived with/around, and what I was doing. Now, with the news that I will be getting to go to Graduate School in the fall and that I will be a Graduate Teaching Assistant, my life is again about to change.

The year after my bachelor’s degree was awarded was spent in Nashville, Tn. Here I worked at a Kroger with some of the most interesting people that I can ever say I have worked with. It was a fun job, and life in general was pretty care-free. I lived with several of my roommates from college, and we were all pretty much degenerates for the majority of the time that we lived there.

The past year 2009-2010 (and given, I’m talking in terms of school years because that’s how my life has been tailored), I have been teaching and tutoring at my Alma Mater. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have gotten to reconnect with so many people, and they have become my close friends. We have had many fun and exciting times. From game nights to walks about the town or talks about the chores that their household will perform, we have created memories that I will chuckle about for years to come.

Now, however, I am about to embark on my third completely different journey in as many years, I am about to head off to graduate school. I don’t know what it holds for me. I know that if I can keep my wits about me that I will succeed because I know that it will not be entirely easy…is there anything in life that’s good that is easy? If all goes well, in a couple of years, I should have a Masters degree in some English field (still haven’t quite pegged down what I want yet).

So, yeah, that’s just a brief overview of what’s going on with me. My life seems in a constant state of flux, but as one really annoying person from my past said to me “Blessed are the Flexible for they shall not break.” I will continue to be flexible. Change is usually good. I mean after all isn’t variety the spice of life?

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May 1, 2010 at 11:53 am

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Teaching Pet Peeves

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I don’t know how many people out there are professors or teachers of one sort or other. However, I do know there are several things that annoy the hell out of any teacher out there.

1. Cellphone or electronic usage during class. Seriously, I don’t care how crafty you are there is no way that the person at the front of the room doesn’t see you texting or changing music on you iPod. I mean seriously there is nothing in your lap that is that interesting….in my head, there are only a few things that you might be doing and multiple of them are not kosher to be going on in a class room setting…(I’ll let your minds wander.)

2. For God’s sake, don’t talk to everyone around you when we’re up there teaching our hearts out. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but I think I am random and fun enough that I make classes interesting for my students. However, it never fails that there is one person that continues to do this. Please it’s distracting and might, depending on the school situation, get you kicked out of class. (Quick side-note: if you have something valuable to say or ask about the lecture that is going on, don’t hesitate to chime in…this is always appreciated.)

3. Don’t think that you’re professors/teachers are stupid. Just because you think that you have a brilliant idea on how to skew your classroom experience toward your benefit, don’t think that the person in charge of the class hasn’t seen or tried some of your methods before. For instance, if you think that you can use one class to get your tardies excused for another class, don’t think that the teacher isn’t going to check up on that other class. Professors/teachers talk…it’s one of the wonders of being a campus community of professionals.

4. For the love of all that is good and holy, don’t think that if you don’t do the work and don’t show up to class that you can pass. I mean really what do you want from your teacher/professor. They get paid to do a job and do it well. You as a student are doing your job by being in class and doing your work. So please, don’t come begging at the end of a semester with lame excuses as to why you should pass because it will more than likely fall on deaf ears.

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February 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm