If you had asked me earlier this year, say around March, about my plans in six months, I would have had the deer-in-the-headlights look of “I’ll be darned if I know”. Why’s that? The last month or so have been busy, very busy. As in life-changingly busy.
To start, I began graduate school. I am attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for my master of arts in history with emphases in public history and museum studies. Due to me working full time right now, I am on the three-year plan to finish which is just fine by me. I enjoy the prospect of getting work experience in addition to schooling since it seems employers want experience wherever you can get it. I am taking two courses: Introduction to Public History and The Historical Roots of Quantitative Public Policy. So far they have both been very interesting. The only unfortunate thing is that they are both on a Monday night. It’s been hard so far, but I think I still need to adjust. One step at a time!
Secondly, I just started a new job. I recently accepted a position as the ITS Training and Technical Support Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. My job duties will include providing technical support for students and faculty with any issues with our learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L) in addition to creating and running workshops for faculty/staff on topics such as the Microsoft Office Suite, Email, and other types of software. I survived my first week, and it is very nice to be on a campus. The only issue so far is I need to become used to a 45-minute commute to and from Madison. Coupled with driving to Milwaukee one day a week, my poor car is racking up the miles. On the other hand, at least it is a scenic drive. I will eventually move, but the timeframe is uncertain right now. I don’t want to tack on moving in addition to everything else.
Finally, as if I didn’t like to torture myself, I am also doing a social media internship with the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. I am mainly focusing on maintaining their blog, at least initially, but I am working to expand the amount of social media interactions the museum has. I am optimistic this may lead into some other projects in the future, but I am starting out slow.
Other than that, life is grand. I am helping out as I can with the Middle Ground Journal (a publication sponsored by the Midwest World History Association). I serve as a consultant and outreach coordinator as well as an occasional contributor.
Overall, life is enough to keep me busy and interested in a good way. It is a new form of time management, but I am certain this semester is going to by before I know it!