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i love autumn

Sep

13

I used to love school when I was a kid. New clothes, new shoes, new pencils and bookbags and things... now I'm finally getting back to it. I've spent the last two years working for a living, and I'm so glad to be going on to get my MA. I've got everything settled. All I'm waiting for now is the British consulate to approve my visa and send it back to me. It's the last thing on the list, so I'm kind of paranoid that I've forgotten something, even though I triple- and quadruple-checked my paperwork. I'm excited and terrified. Moving to a different country, living with people I don't know, getting back into the swing of writing papers.

I haven't written anything in over a month. That's crap, but I've got so much on my plate right now, I don't see myself getting back to it until I move to Brighton. I'm going to be working long hours my last two weeks here, and when I'm not working, I'm sleeping.

I need a plan for my arrival. My travel is all set up, but I've no idea what I'm going to do after I get to Brighton, besides probably take a long and much-needed nap. I've got to get a bank account opened, finish my registration, pay my fees, register for courses... I really want to take the "On (Not) Being Able to Write" module in addition to my Early Modern stuff, but I'm not sure if I can. It doesn't exactly mesh with the rest of my modules, but I really want to take it. I'll have to speak to the tutor about it. Not too enthused about the Idea of the Renaissance module. At least I've got a head start on the reading. Er, well, I will have one, once I actually start reading the books I've gotten. I have to finish Jason Scott-Warren's Early Modern English Literature first. I hope we don't have to do too much with theory and philosophy. I hate that crap. I'm looking forward to "Sexualities in Early Modern England" and the "Dissidence and Marginality" modules. What was the other one... oh right, "Sexuality, Fiction, and Subculture." I hope those are offered in terms where I can take them all.

Reading list:

Montaigne's Essays

Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages

Erasmus, Praise of Folly

Castiglione, Book of the Courtier

Machiavelli, The Prince

More, Utopia (Already read it and don't want to read it again.)

Levack, The Witchcraft Sourcebook (Not actually required for the courses, but it looked interesting, and witchcraft is one of my interests in the period.)

Not looking forward to trying to pack all these books in addition to my clothes and things. I'm thinking at least one bag is going to go over the weight limit.

time to get back to the grind-- also, stop the cuts

Jan

25

I haven't written here in more than a month. I spent most of December being a lazy bastard and consequently a good portion of January flailing about and panicking about my term papers. They turned out pretty well I think-- at least, I thought so until it came time to turn them in. But I can't worry about them now. They're out of the way, out of my hands, and I can commence shitting myself once again when evaluations come in. Now I've got to focus on my current seminars.

Which brings me to my next point. One of my tutors this term is going to be made redundant. If the cuts that management is proposing go through, this woman will lose her job. I've already slagged off uni management and their plans that are clearly based on information from an imaginary Sussex full of business students, but it bears repeating: this is ridiculous. Higher education funding is being cut across the board-- because apparently the UK government want their population to be as uneducated as possible. I find it ironic that a country with such a long history of xenophobia seems obsessed now with bringing in international students (like me!). Why the hell would you deny your own people the right to an education? It just doesn't make sense. Not that that's ever stopped any corporate toad before.

So there's another demonstration. This Thursday morning at 11.30. Be there or watch your education be pillaged by people who can't answer a simple question and instead of listening, just wait for their turn to speak.

Speaking of questions. I will be at Postgraduate Open Day. And I will have many questions. I'm not just showing up to start trouble either; I genuinely want to know how Sussex thinks it will bring in the best and brightest if it sacks so many of its staff and cuts courses. Michael Farthing claims that Sussex needs to have courses students "really want." So is that why Chinese was cancelled? You know, the language that over a BILLION people speak? One of the languages that's going to be hugely important in the coming years? As usual, management's rhetoric proves to be at odds with their behaviour.

Lots of things going on. School of English Society needs setting up. Stop the Cuts campaign continues in all its myriad forms. Full-time officer elections are next month. I've got to do some reading. More rabble-rousing to come.