Rode my bike to the bagel shop for breakfast and coffee this morning.  I realize I could simply eat at home and save some dough (heh), but there is a ritual to my Tuesday and Thursday morning outings that I find reassuring.  I read the newspaper, then launched into my theory reading.

Reading theory makes me feel intellectual yet a bit dense at the same time. It is exciting to re-immerse myself in the academic conversation… but the volume of conversation is almost deafening.  I finally picked a starting point and just jumped in.  Am I in the right place?  Who knows.  I never did have a very good sense of direction.

Hopefully applying theory to my observations about the way 18 year olds flounder when asked to contribute to the academic conversation in a way that does not include regurgitating literary symbolism will produce a paper that is as quirky yet serious as I am (in an academic setting at least).

Oh, and only one person failed their first major paper thus far… but I have only gotten through one class.  Anyone got a theory about that?

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