||[Nov. 16th, 2012|12:18 pm]
It's been since January since I've posted anything. I... I have been busy, ok!|
To summarize: I've moved to Syracuse, NY for grad school: not an MBA program, like I'd thought, but a MS in Information Management. What that is, to plagiarize prettyarbitrary for the billionth time, is a program that teaches you to manage the people, systems, and technologies that move information around. So far I've taken three and a half classes. The first is Managing Change, which is basically the class that makes me want to jump up and down every time I step into the classroom-- it's teaching me how to effectively make change in organizations! One of the things that frustrated me most about my old job (not the thing that frustrated me the most, my old job was completely terrible) was the fact that when I would try to make change, no one would listen to me, and very little of it went through no matter how hard I pushed. I have an idea of how to do things better now-- in fact, maybe I'll explain some of this on LJ or something similar sometime to keep it fresh in my mind. :D Change management theory is awesome.
I'm also taking Information Policy with Prof. Milton Mueller (of The Internet Governance Project) which is amazing. Did you know that there are major international organizations to combat spam? NOW YOU DO. I'm taking an introductory course which I honestly kind of hate even though the professor is nice-- it's his first time teaching, and he does not know how to do it. Finally, at the beginning of the semester I took a 1-credit introductory course that lasted one weekend and was a good introduction to how to throw together last-minute presentations. (I guess not so much 'finally' as... 'principally' ?) I'm not looking forward to changing courses next semester because I like these so much. I want to learn mooore.
I love it here so far, though I haven't really found my community here yet-- there isn't much of a belly community, and I've been weirdly shy about approaching my classmates. (I guess not weirdly, if you've known me for a long time.) As such, I miss all of you. The people I have gotten to know here are awesome, and there are way too many delicious places to eat. And I have a job! Part-time faculty assistant. I hope to be worthy of the selection.
Almost all of you know this by now, since when I was regularly on Twitter I talked about him basically all the time, but I've been dating someone seriously since... Mayish (I say 'ish' because we officially started dating on my birthday, but we have a complicated romantic history that dates back two years), and basically the only thing that could make me even more deliriously happy with him is if we were both currently living in the same state. Seriously, you guys, he is the BEST. We have stupid amounts of stuff in common, and because of that, with him, everything has grown sentimental associations and/or inside jokes: at last count I had affectionate inside jokes for Korra, Psych, Star Trek TNG, pumpkin, turtles, vegetarianism, fire fardels, axe murder, Alot of cake, dark-colored wood, blue lamps, chicken butt, rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle. He is also hilarious, and super pretty, and also [CENSORED].
I've... also become addicted to a reality TV show called The Voice. I blame you entirely, asimaiyat. And, even more shamefully, I bought the most recent Christina Aguilera CD despite my serious reservations about the first music video she put out for it-- seriously, it is a video that promotes: a. the conflation of female sexuality and serial murder, b. a dangerous kind of promiscuity that will spread disease (I am all for sexytimes, but I am not so much for sexytimes with anonymous strangers where you don't even ask their name or their previous sexual history!), c. psychics. Seriously. (Verdict: the CD is full of utterly stupid but catchy pop music. I like it a lot despite its questionable messaging and occasional unhinged ranting! And really, who didn't want to see Christina Aguilera do a song with Cee-Lo?)
Tell me how you've been! The three of you that are still on LJ!