log: heart bruise

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Heartbreak would be overstating the feeling but I’m a bit heart-bruised. It’s nothing, really. Sort of like my heart stubbed its toe. Just some problems with the administrative element of school.

First thing is, my stats class has an overlap with my winter session. This means that I’ll have to drop stats. Next time I’ll get to take it is in the summer. So that just sort of sucks.

But my ache is really caused by the lack of online bachelor programs for anthropology. There are quite a few good ones but they’re out of financial reach. I had my heart set on anthro. Now, I have to think of something else. I’ll probably do sociology. Not thrilled.

Of course, it’s hard to say. Who knows what will happen?

There remains the possibility that out of many of the programs that have been forced to move online some will stay there. I hope so. There’s been a bit of a backlash against online education but, for me, it’s been a godsend. Pre-pandemic, it made education possible.

I understand the distress of professors suddenly having to switch gears like this, having to suddenly do more and different work in a tough situation, but I just wish the schools would staff themselves properly, pay their staff properly, and continue to provide this service. I don’t believe the in-person class experience is better or more educational than a well run online class. That has not been my experience. If anything, I’ve found many of my online classes have been much better, intense, and difficult than the ones I’ve taken in person.

It’s all a bit of a clusterfuck, right now.

The good news is that our COVID numbers continue to shrink. In the 300 range for the first time in a long time. Some restrictions have been loosened but it will still be a while before I’ll go to a café or to market. Just one of those things where I don’t have to go so I won’t.

Also, the president has put the vaccination effort totally in the hands of Virus Hunter. She’s good stuff. Given the size and complexity of this operation, it’s a pretty safe bet to expect problems but I think we’re in good hands. She’s been terrific so far.

All in all, a bit bummed about school –having to drop that stats class, the delay, and probably having to change my major from something I love to something I’m kind of meh on– but whatever. I have some experience with crushing defeat and this isn’t that. More in the certainly demoralizing but definitely surmountable setback camp.

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