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February 8, 2009 / jadettman

Domino Effect

One little change can have a serious impact.

In January, I decided to take advantage of my faculty spouse priveledges and signed up for a class at Beloit College. So, for about three weeks now I’ve been taking Econ 199.

The class has been interesting and informative, not only in regard to economics but also reminiscent of my days in college nigh on 20 years ago now and insightful into the lifestyles and thought processes of Beloit College students. Suffice to say, I’m enjoying the class, though that isn’t what this post is about.

When I decided to take Econ 199 I did not fully take into account the secondary effects of my choice:

  • My work hours have been significantly reshuffled to account for the hours of work that the class takes up.
  • My creative time has been seriously curtailed by both the work-schedule reshuffle and a sudden need to do homework.
  • I now have significantly more contact with students than I did before. (You might think this would make me more sympathetic to the student body but, strangely, that isn’t the case.)

The upshot is that even though I’ve recommited myself to blogging, writing, and designing games, I just haven’t had as much time to do that. I’m hoping that part of this is merely an adjustment period and that soon I’ll regain my creative feet. After all, I worked a 40-hour a week job for years and I got plenty of creative work done then.

I’m sure other factors are playing into the situation, too. I have been working on prepping the Mutants & Masterminds campaign that I’ll be running soon, playing boardgames regularly on Thursday nights, and generally being more social lately.

Clearly, I just need to find my equilibrium, and maybe a little more focus, and things will straighten themselves out.

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  1. Shawn / Feb 8 2009 10:46 am

    The loathing of fellow students by returning or older college students seems to be a common theme.

    I have a local friend who doesn’t understand how the people he attends classes with became so stupid. He then routinely provides me anecdotes of his classes & tier displays of stupidity.

  2. J.A. Dettman / Feb 10 2009 8:09 am

    Wow, I hope that I didn’t come across as loathing my fellow students.

    I like to think that I’m just having trouble relating to that pupation stage in their evolution cycle.

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