So far, my summer has felt simultaneously busy and relaxed.
I am getting started on my thesis, first by thoroughly re-familiarizing myself with Haraway's cyborg theory, then setting it aside and gathering the media texts from which I will draw my data.
I have also connected with and will be working with a couple of autism spectrum-related non-profits, and a colleague and I will be co-submitting--and then hopefully co-writing--a journal article.
The week after next, Simmons will be hosting the Children's Literature Association conference. I have signed on as a volunteer, and I'm very excited. Many prominent figures from the field of children's literature, including former Simmons professor Gregory Maguire, will be attending and presenting.
Since mid-May, the weather has been beautiful, and the area around Simmons in the Fenway is especially lovely in the spring and summer. I have been taking walks through the Fenway Victory Gardens to admire some of the flowers, and enjoying the company of my graduate cohort and other friends who live in and around Boston.
A couple of frogs rest beside a pond in the Fenway gardens.
It's the perfect time of year for relaxing in the early evening with a mint julep.
As an end of the year treat, and because one of my papers was about a story by H.P. Lovecraft, I got myself a plush Cthulhu during a sale at Squishable.
I find it a little hard to believe that this summer marks the half-way point of my Simmons career. The first year of the program rushed by in a blur. When I last posted about school, I was finishing up my final papers, and once again I have done well for the semester. I was especially pleased with my health systems class, not because of the grade but because it turned out to be such a worthwhile course. I actually wish I had written a better final paper for it, because the professor was so patient, engaged, and effective. I learned a lot, and I hope that there is plenty of opportunity to continue my public health education and apply my knowledge in the future.