Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Let's see how many times I can use the word "Paradigm"

So, you know how in high school people decide after a while that so-and-so is a perfect student, always right, etc.? and then you get to college and start over, and whaddya know, they decide the same thing. They get the same paradigm of you. It's like they're in cahoots with the high school people. Or not, since obviously the constant in the situation is the person being judged (i.e., me).

Anyway, I knew I had one essay to write today/tonight, about a paradigm that shapes my life, but I didn't realize until around 4pm that I actually had 2 essays to write (paradigm shift!), and in fact I realized a bit after that that I had a 3rd essay to rewrite (paradigm shift #2!). So I got this idea in my head that I'd spend the evening writing those essays (paradigm of my afternoon). But then I experienced another paradigm shift when I realized that I did not in fact have plane reservations for a flight home for spring break. Gah! My paradigm of my early evening then shifted rapidly. As a result, 7pm arrived and the essays remained untouched. So I got some dinner and thought I would buckle down for the rest of the night. At which point an intense online conversation erupted, spanning at least 90 minutes, in which I accomplished very little of my planned goals.

So, now it is past midnight and I still have a substantial amount of work to do. (Good thing classes don't start till past noon tomorrow.)

Perhaps this entry will shift your conception of me as the paradigm of a Good Student.

1 comment:

Ren said...

I think by "good student"...I think of someone who gets straight As. Or at least mostly As.
Which, Jen, you do (you even got an A in that crazy math class last semester!). It's not something to be annoyed about. Besides, as long as people acknowledge that it's not all that you are, then they're not judging or generalizing. If it's a facet of you, that's a good thing.