After class on Wednesday Jon asked us to talk about how we felt everything was going to date… school, work, life, Austin, the whole deal. We all pitched in and talked about the challenges we were facing, and we talked a lot about trying to find a balance between working full time and trying to put 100% into the schoolwork.
The next morning, after a few hours of sleep, I felt like the feedback I had given was only partial. We’d only really talked about the challenges, the lack of sleep, the insanity… but I hadn’t really mentioned that that was the whole reason I was here, to jump in with both feet. So in the spirit of transparency, and at Jon’s suggestion, here’s the e-mail I wrote. All in.
Jon,I just wanted to add a few things to the conversation we had last night about how we’re doing 3 weeks in. What I wanted to add was that, although I’m slammed with work and everything is insane… this is exactly what I was looking for. I came here intending for this to be a large shift from what I was doing in San Francisco, and it is.
I feel like my brain is turning back on. I feel like the students and the profs are pushing me, and I love it. I like the constant open communication between profs and students, the notion that we are all really peers, and we’re working towards a somewhat common goal. That and the true transparency with which this is being run and with which we are encouraged to participate. Fantastic.
I can’t speak for the other students, but I know that had I come here and thought any part of this was ‘easy’ I would have been seriously disappointed. (note, I have had you as a prof before and so I didn’t really think that was going to happen)
3 hours of sleep last night, coffee in face,… feel hungry, happy, and strangely energized.A.