We’re just one week into this final semester, and already some of us are already probably technically a little behind thanks to our Surprise Snow Day! on Thursday. This semester, I’m taking two courses and one of them meets Thursday mornings, so although I’m reading, reading away I’m still doing so in a bit of a vacuum. This course is focused on more local, NYC-based “politics of policy” which I’ve been anticipating for a few semesters. Between my fellowship project and this course, I’ll be spending a lot of time this term absorbing local politics and seeing how this city actually works. This is why saving a great elective for the end is fun!
As to my final project, I’m reading plenty to prepare for that, too. Although Advanced Seminar (the course within which you’ll write that project) seemed somewhat mysterious before it began, I was pleased to see that this is structured to serve as a support system and resource for us collectively as we complete this client-based work. During my first master’s degree, the process of preparing a final project and comprehensive oral defense was a solitary endeavor (other than your faculty committee, of course). While I don’t lie about my aversion to too much group work, in this particular instance I think having this seminar is terrific in yielding the best of both worlds. As we’re doing work for our clients, we’ll have the other students in this experience, and having that collective support does make a difference. At the end of the day, regardless of context, it is often a great joy and comfort to have someone else say “me too!” (Yes, I’m being touchy-feely. Deal with it.)
Since this is my last semester, I wanted to ask readers or passers-by about any topics or items that you would like to hear more about. My colleagues here (we have plenty) will be continuing on, of course, but in the interest of being helpful I thought I’d just put that out there. If you have some burning question (or any other kind) about Milano, graduate school, etc., please comment and I’ll see what we can do!