Tuesday, March 04, 2008


So, I've been reading mock interview reflections and other blogs, as I go through Portfolio 1.
I have tons of grading to do, but I like to get a feel for all the portfolios before I start assigning points because I like to see what the range is. Most of you are doing very well, of course.

One theme that keeps emerging from the free post from the blog before the mock interview is the difficulty of this semester. I think crunch time is here, and it'll pretty much be that way until the end of the term.

Thank goodness for Spring Break.

I'm having a very challenging semester too. I guess the most challenging semester I've ever had was back in 2006 when I was taking an 800-level experimental statistics class. There were doc students in the class who were teaching assistants for the 100 and 300 level classes, for crying out loud. It was torturous.

Of course, I use it all the time in my research now, so I can't complain. And I think I'm much less stressed about similar challenges now. (Writing a dissertation while working 60 hours a week would be a good example, lol!) I face difficult situations as best I can - knowing I have been successful in the past and that I will be successful again; but I don't stay awake at night worrying about it.

So, I guess that old saying, "If it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger" would apply here. Keep your chins up, guys. You are almost done with your junior years (most of you - some are seniors, and I think I have one sophomore). It will all be okay.

I hope what you realized from the mock interview is that you can indeed do the tasks required for an interview. When a lot is riding on your performance, it can be extremely unnerving. However, if you KNOW you can perform the tasks involved successfully, it should reassure you when the high stakes version of the interview is here.

I'll be looking forward to reading your blogs reflecting on your collaborative writing this week!