Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I have started school.
There are three material things that I see as being different
from grad school than law school.
In law school, I had to read material that was abstract
and philosophical, and rarely dealt with race, class or gender.
Now I get to read material that is abstract, philosophical,
and that deals with race, class and gender.
I wake up reading. I go to sleep reading. In law school, it took me
a year to engage with the material this way. This is a problem,
seeing that your first year grades in law school play a huge
role in your employment options after you graduate.
The second thing is that I have started school with the
understanding that it is my job to build community. To that
extent I have met with folks, to get institutional history so
that I can understand the lay of the land, who to stay away
from, who I must be in contact with, where the axis of power lies, etc.
The third material difference is being around men and women
who do not automatically presume that others are heterosexual.
I was kind of taken by surprise when talking to a colleague, who was
giving me the lowdown on a professor whom she suspects is homophobic
who said, "I don't know if you are LGBTQ identified but, this professor..."
I thought to myself, wow, that was cool and really progressive of her
to not only think but to say that.
I read all the time. In fact, had I not taken a train to see Birkhold
I never would have realized that I needed to (re)learn how to read
anywhere at anytime.
Last week, I had been telling myself, if I sit down to read, I need at least two
or three hours. FAGET THAT! Give me 1 hour and I am knocking out
at least one twenty page article with reading notes. ALL TIME IS VALUABLE.
Right now, I have estimated that I have 22 hours a week of reading.
Yup. 22. No joke, eh.
The school work isn't the hardest part of this. It's hard
but it's manageable. So long as you eat, sleep, don't party and
not have some tragic 'ish happen in an intimate relationship.
Oh, and a willingness to sit down and engage with the material. No
internet. No phone. No tv. Just you and the paper.
The most challenging part is engaging with humans, managing relationships,
keeping track of deadlines and simply just showing up on time.
Have you started school?
How is it going?
Any questions for me?