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September 22, 2006

Epidemiology-expealidocius

I'm thinking it might help me remember all the new terms I'm learning in epidemiology to set them to music...and I've always been inspired by the glorious Mary Poppins.

"Supercalifragilisticexpealidocius...Epidemiology-expealidocius, even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious, if you say it long enough you'll always sound precocious, epidemiology-expealidocius!"
I'm planning a weekend marathon of disease frequency, death rate, incidence, prevalence, numerators, denominators...maybe a spoonful of sugar will help the medicine (epidemiology) go down.

September 14, 2006

Hooray! I've made it to week two!

Wow - full time job, full time mom, full time student. I'm doing it! And I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. After a few more weeks, I'll really have a system down for organizing my time most efficiently.

One thing I'm rediscovering - sleep is only marginally required to function in society. Much easier than sleepless nights when the kids were little. This time, I choose to stay awake until midnight or to wake up at 4 a.m. to study.
Ahhhh...the freedom to choose what works for me.
That's the coolest part of being a student again - this is time devoted just to me. And I don't feel guilty about it, thanks to my super-supportive family and lots of cheering from my dear friends.

Peace -
C

September 2, 2006

Orientation was grand

When I stepped out of the car, it felt like fall...what a great way to arrive back on campus.

Orientation day with my fellow Health Journalism graduate students was inspiring and informational. Leyla Kokmen provided useful information and insight, University Libraries staff explained some of the multitudes of resources available to us and faculty members engaged us in interesting conversations.

Meeting my adviser, Mary Story, PhD, was an added benefit. She is extraordinarily well-educated and well-spoken, and provided words of encouragement and guidance as I begin the program. I'm very much looking forward to meeting with her the second week of school to develop my education goals, degree plan and to discuss my capstone project.