First of all, congratulations to the Towson University class of 2012, and especially to my sister Emma who earned her Master of Arts in Teaching yesterday! Emma specializes in middle school and high school social studies, and she throws herself into creating projects for her students that are innovative and engaging and that go far beyond the old-fashioned lecture.
The graduation ceremony’s most moving speaker was Maryland Teacher of the Year Joshua Parker, who built on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s drum major speech by imploring the education graduates to be drum majors for service, responsibility, and truth. Graduating yesterday were undergraduate and graduate students, as well as three PhD students, all having studied to serve as educators.
It was a bittersweet event for me. As someone who earned an MAT myself two years ago, I know firsthand what it is like to leave the busy, purposeful life of a graduate student in this economy. My Master’s, like Emma’s, involved far more than sitting in an ivory tower discussing esoteric texts. We both had to learn by doing and serving, earning course credits by spending time out in the field on challenging, exciting projects with increasing responsibility. Plummeting from the busy world of graduate school to the extreme underemployment that followed was quite the shock, and in the current economic climate, I know I was/am not alone.
This preface brings me to the blog updates. Between working two jobs and searching for a job that will be permanent and financially sustainable, I often feel overwhelmed. (Then throw volunteering, being involved in a spiritual community, and helping to run a book club into the mix.) I truly admire the people who become far busier than I am before they reach their limit. To help organize my life, I am going to start by organizing my blog as follows:
- Guest posts! I want to hear from you. Adding additional voices to this blog will help keep a dialogue about museums going and ensure that fresh thoughts will be posted here regularly. Whether you are a museum professional or just a person who wants to write about a museum you visited for fun, I welcome your posts. Please let me know if you are interested.
- Monthly themes. Themes will give any guest bloggers a broad idea from which to work, and they will help guide my writing and shape my blog each month. I have enough ideas to last the rest of the year; sometimes I just cannot choose which idea to use next.
- Favorite museum photographs. For me, blogging is a lot more fun than writing cover letters, but deep down, I know that cover letters are what I really need to be writing more than anything else. Why not use this space to share photography as well as writing? When my computer failed, I lost the high-resolution files for most of my photos, but I still have a few dozen of my absolute favorites.
Are you interested in writing a guest post? Is there something you wish I would write about? Let me know!