…And We’re Back!

Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by admin under Community Engagement, Economic Development, Events, Faculty, Graduate Alumni, Students, Uncategorized. Tags: , , ,

Student Perspective Post by Matt Barrett
Graduate Assistant for Communications

Normally when someone asks me, “How was your break?” I answer: “Too short.”  It’s been my go-to response for as long as I can remember—even after Thanksgiving a couple months ago, I used the line three or four times.  But for whatever reason, I can honestly say that this winter break was long.  And I don’t mean long as in too long or boring.  In fact, this winter break was the perfect amount of time.  And here’s why: on December 6th, I turned in my final English paper, officially concluding my first semester of graduate school.  Immediately after, I saw some of my colleagues, who mentioned that they were excited to have an entire month off.  So without thinking too much about it, my brain registered their statement word-for-word, meaning that January 6th would the first day of the spring semester.  For more than four weeks, I didn’t bother to question my logic or check the UNCG calendar—I just pictured the date, January 6th, and didn’t ask any professors or classmates if this was true.  Therefore, you can imagine my surprise on January 5th when I looked at the UNCG website and discovered that I suddenly had an extra week of free time.  Long story short, I learned two things in the process: one, I should always check the UNCG calendar; and two, that when someone says “a month,” they may not mean thirty-one days from that second.

My break was spent up north, in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  During the month (and that week) I was off, I survived three-and-a-half snow storms and went sledding for the first time since high school.  I made a snow angel in my street.  I watched the Celtics play in the TD Garden.  I sprinted up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (like Rocky) and saw paintings by Van Gogh.  Even as I write this, I feel like I could go on and on forever—but just as I’m switching back into a grad-school-intellectual-mindset, I think it’s time to transition this blog from winter break to the spring semester.  So here it goes: we’re back.

That’s the end of the transition.  Normally, that’s how fast it seems.  All of a sudden, the break’s over.  And we’re seated in a classroom, as the professors hand out syllabi.  Of course, I contradicted myself at the beginning, when I mentioned my bonus week—but I think the sentiment is still true.  So now that the first week is behind us, I hope you’re all ready for a great semester.  And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’ve made the UNCG calendar one of my home pages, so there will be no more time-related issues for this guy.

Also, I wanted to mention that a new bookstore opened in downtown Greensboro while we were away.  It’s called Scuppernong Books, and while its doors are currently open, its grand opening celebration will be held on February 1st from 6 to 10 pm.  Check out the website and event, and help support a local business: http://www.scuppernongbooks.com/.  Oh, and did I mention it’s also a wine bar?

Keep tuning in for my student perspective posts throughout the semester!