Friday, February 1, 2013

Re-Adjusting. It can be a Bitch sometimes.

You're probably wondering my I named the post like this, aren't you ? Well, it for a number of things, but mostly getting back into the groove of being a student and getting back on my medication. But first a little back story: I've been out of school since April and it's currently the start of February. I started taking prescription Adderall as a means of helping me focus when studying/doing work. I chose to do this because my ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) was making it hard for me to get things done because if how easily I was getting distracted.

Needless to say, it helped me quite a bit; but when I finished in April, I didn't see a need to keep taking it (as at that point I was on Summer break), so I stopped taking it. I started back on it yesterday as a way of helping to focus on the online class reading; as a result, it started to fuck with me something fierce. As a result of this, the first day of taking the medication can be a real pain in the ass, but thankfully it only lasts for a day and isn't much of an issue past then.

The other bit of difficulty comes from getting back into the groove of being a student again, albiet part time. Back when I was in school, I usually had the system of going straight to class, getting the notes/studying in the library afterwards, going straight home, doing homework/a bit more studying and lastly unwinding before bed. Naturally, it didn't leave much for socializing but the system worked for the most part. Since I can do all of the class work from the comfort of my own home, more often than not without the necessity of pants (Which I consider a huge bonus), it kind of throws a wrench in the works for me. This is because I have all the comforts of home competing with my attention when I should be working. But I think I've got it down, I'm just going to work/read for roughly 2-3 hours a day.  It's actually managed to work so far, so here's to hoping it sticks.

For those wondering as to what the class I'm taking, it's a free online course with the University of Michigan call Fantasy and Science Fiction: Our Human Minds. This course is about how fantasy and sci-fi are related to the human mind when telling a story and the Science Fiction aspect of the course is in relation both that and it's influence on science and modern day society. It's all pretty interesting stuff so far; but the main reason I picked it (outside of the title) is because of the course syllabus which includes The Household Tales of The Brothers Grim, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein  H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau and Bram Stoker's Dracula among others. The last entry is exciting to me because even though I've been exposed to the various permutations of Dracula in the popular culture, I've never really experienced the original interpretation of the character.

Well, here's the inevitable closing paragraph. Since the online stuff is going well, I don't think I'll be able to post here as often, but still want to get at least 4 posts in a month on whatever is on my mind (I think this might be my new year's resolution in disguise), Either way, have a fantastic day, thank you for taking the time to read this and don't forget your towel. Seriously, that thing is a goddamn life saver.

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