Whew! A busy start to a semester, what with seminars and teaching and paper work and writing and oh yeah GSA isn't that far off so gotta get that talk done (well, started, actually). In amongst all this bullshit that you've got to put up with in schoolin', it's sometimes hard to keep sight of the reason why you got yourself into the mess that is grad school in the first place, you know?
There's a series of Op-Eds at The New York Times website, ostensibly for incoming freshmen, about how to get the most out of your college experience. All of them are written by big-wig academic types with hugely famous reputations, and some of the advice is a mixed bag (and some is hilariously predictable, given the writer, fer' instance: Harold Bloom thinks people should read the classics. Who'd a thought!?!). Anyway, there is kind of a neat one by Nancy Hopkins, on the excitement of Your Chosen Field, which is pretty good, I think.
Now get back to work!