Running down the home stretch
I ran cross country during my senior year in high school. Our home course was a brutal three-mile ordeal in a local park with a lot of hills. One thing I can say for our course, though, is that it had a great home stretch. It was basically a gradual left turn around three trees and then about 100 yards slightly downhill to the finish line. Every time I raced there, I loved coming around that turn and having the end in sight.
Now I find myself running down the home stretch of my first quarter in grad school. This coming week is the last week of classes and then I have a couple of assignments due the following week. I can honestly say that our “cruel and unusual” cross country course is nothing compared to the race I’ve been in for the past ten weeks. It has been exhilarating, infuriating, and everything in between as I’ve worked to get up to speed in my new field. All in all (knock on wood) I’m very pleased with how everything has turned out. I came here to Ohio State wanting to be challenged and the linguistics department has certainly made that wish come true. I’m naturally looking forward to the quarter break, but I’m already really looking forward to next quarter.
When this quarter is finished, I’ll try to do a “post-mortem” of sorts and take a look at some of the things I’ve learned. Unless, of course, I’m too busy trying to figure out how to put Tiger Balm on my brain…