Three Weeks

In three weeks, school will be over. I will have presented my capstone project, every paper and notebook and project will have been turned in, and I will have a masters degree (I plan to insist on being called “Master Janssen.” You are all asked to comply).

I will have only one job. I will have more time to read and to cook and to work on my own projects (Project #1: Throw out all the paperwork I have accumulated over 18 months as a student, including approximately 4 bazillion handouts from group presentations).

And yet, my brain kind of shuts down when I try to imagine post-school life. Perhaps its the mountain of work that remains between today and May 8th, but I cannot really fathom what my life will be like when I no longer have any homework to do. How can I contemplate evenings spent reading for fun and making leisurely dinners when right now I have 50 websites to grade for proper XHTML and a research proposal to write and a practicum log to fill out and a Five Year School Library plan to make and . . . and . . . that is why I cannot imagine my upcoming life of leisure.

On the other hand, WOOOHOOOO!!!! I’m going to be graduated!

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  • Reply Kristy April 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Yaaay [almost] Master Janssen! You’re doing it!

  • Reply bawb April 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I could write a script to send your websites to the W3C validator and record the number of errors. Would be a start, at least.

  • Reply craftyashley April 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I will call you Master Janssen! Post-school life is pretty strange. I was always thinking “Oh, crap! Shouldn’t I be in class right now?”

  • Reply Lady Susan April 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Personally, I rather wonder how you currently find the time to read the number of books that you do. 😉

    Odd, I don’t feel like I have that much more spare time now that I am finished. Perhaps that is because I have become less efficient in the use of my free time.

    Good luck with these last three weeks!

  • Reply Miriam April 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    good for you (and I’m sure you’ll figure out post-school life!)

  • Reply peaceful reader April 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I remember this dilemma…you’ll get over and fill your life up with mountains of other things to do!

    Congratulations, Master Janssen!

  • Reply Becca April 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I remember right before I came out to Philly and was debating whether or not to actually go to nursing school. I talked to Noelle and she introduced me to Life Without Homework: the idea of coming home and BEING home, and not always having something obligatory to ‘turn in’ tomorrow, or to ‘study for’ tomorrow. That life started sounding miiiiighty nice, so I bagged nursing.

    And a few days later got a “Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to Drexel’s nursing program!” letter in the mail.


    So, Master Janssen, for those of us who have absolutely no idea what you mean when you talk about a “job,” enjoy coming home, BEING home, cooking for you and your husband, and reading something – just for fun. 🙂


  • Reply lacie tidwell April 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Woohoo! Congrats! I will say that post-school life is preeeeeety sweet! It does take a while to realize “I don’t have to sign up for classes” on registration day and “When is Spring break?” because it’s all gravy from here…work hard…and then play hard…you’ve earned it:)

  • Reply RA April 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Almost there! Just please do me a favor and refrain from using any phrase like “graduated grad school.” Why don’t people graduate FROM anywhere any more? I trust you to protect me from stabbing my eyes out.

  • Reply nancypearlwannabe April 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    You’re so close! And then you will join our hallowed ranks. 🙂

  • Reply heidikins April 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I’ll totally call you Master. In fact, I think it’s quite catchy.


  • Reply tootie April 20, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I have a feeling you are going to love school-less life. 🙂

  • Reply Angella April 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Congratulations! Enjoy the home stretch 🙂

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy April 20, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Hey Janssen, my hubby insisted on the same. He has never been called Master Plantboy. On the other hand, the funky hood thing you wear makes you look like a Jedi if you put it up over your face.

  • Reply Angela Noelle April 20, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    There is something magical about being so immersed in a particular season of life that the next seems somewhat foreign. Thinking beyond University did that to me, and beyond teaching! When I handed in my maternity leave request, I couldn’t imagine NOT preparing a day-full of lessons each week-day. And yet, right now, I feel utterly full…and the baby hasn’t even arrived. I look forward to how your posts evolve!

  • Reply megan April 21, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Yahoo for you! I think you’ll manage… just keep being intellectual. Not that I ever was, but I have forgotten almost everything I learned in school, and sometimes even words like “the” look weird to me. Of course, you’ll be working in a library, so that will help 🙂 In your spare time, learn Greek and Latin so you can understand my dad’s jokes, since I don’t get them anymore!

  • Reply Amy Sorensen April 21, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Congratulations, Master Janssen! That is fabuloso!

  • Reply Lisa April 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations, Master Janssen.

    (I just made a Master Yoda robe. It’s brown with pleats and a belt for a lightsber. Does your Master robe have a belt for your weapon of choice?)

  • Reply Melanie April 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I hear you loud and clear. The work is never ending. I’m working off of four hours of sleep (in two two-hour increments) and I still have at least one essay to grade to meet my self imposed quota, a lesson to plan, and 32 more essays to grade over the weekend. And yet here I am reading blogs. It keeps me sane.

    You raced through that program Master Janssen. Have fun reading and cooking and being homework-less.

  • Reply blakspring April 23, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    yay – congratulations 🙂
    i’ll call you master janssen if you insist, though i’ve always had a fondness for master of disaster

  • Reply Monica April 24, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Can’t we just be life-time students? I really have a problem moving past school…

  • Reply marty April 25, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Just wanted to de-lurk and say congrats on almost being done! Very excited for you.

    I love your blog. 🙂

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