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How the destitute go to school
August 30, 2011Posted by on
Disclaimer: For those of you regular readers, please note that this post is part of a school assignment– yes, yours truly is going back to school to get her Masters of Library and Informational Science (MLIS) online. That’s right, I can go to school, get a snazzy degree to be the next hot, local librarian and never have to leave the house. Is that a good thing? I’m not quite sure, but at least I don’t have to pay for the gas to get there. So, read along as I discuss a couple groovy little lectures on TEAMWORK!!
There is no ‘i’ in team. I remember reading a poster with this mantra some where in a work environment, and having a good giggle over its cheeziness, and then tossing the phrase about with my co-workers anytime we wanted to remind someone to hustle, buck up, shape up or generally laugh. It may have been said mostly in jest, but there was a kernel of friendly nudging in there that, at the very least, boosted morale.
In Dr. Haycock’s lecture (I know, I giggled the first time I heard the name, too, but the guy is apparently a guru in the library world) he makes it very clear that doing team assignments is essential training for the workplace, and it’s more than just grinding through the assignment the professor gives you, trying to ignore the idiots who do nothing, grit your teeth and do all the work and hope for the best. Unless you’re blogging in a vacuum (wait, is that me?) then you’re going to have to learn to work on a team. Even parenting is learning how to work on a team. And the way Dr. Haycock (in his charming Canuck accent) described the ground rules and consequences of setting up a team, it can be a lot like raising a child.
The other lecture by a Ms. Enid Irwin (and how can you not love a librarian named ‘Enid’?) said that many of her former students got internships and jobs because of their great teamwork skills learned through the program. Here’s hoping I’m that gal. Though I do wonder if maybe I’m the one she describes as having a bad attitude (as in how much I hated working in an all-female-gossipy-as-hell retail situation) or maybe I’m the clown Dr. Haycock describes– the one who’s always joking and trying to make people laugh because I feel it’s the only thing I have to contribute. But what I really want to be– in school, in life– is the editor, the one with worthy skills to offer. I also want to be that maternal encourager who checks in every now and then to see how the team is doing– are you hanging in there? Have you got too much on your plate? Is there something else you would like to offer?
And then Ms. Enid brings up the ‘p’ word– PLANNING. Oh, boy. I try, I plan, I control-freak, I meltdown. But really, life takes planning, because it is like another famous workplace adage, ‘If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.’ (Or my mother’s favorite response to passive-agressive meltdowns– ‘Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.’ So take that.) I bought a notebook today in hopes that I might be better organized, as organization is the cuddly buddy of planning.
So now, I shall sally forth, read what seems like 500 hours of reading for my other class, turn in this bloggy assignment and go on with my chipper attitude, my Destitute and Obscure skills of planning and organization (cause isn’t that what good style and frugality are all about?) and my Darwinian will to survive this next adventure called ‘graduate level education.’
Wish me luck, an extra 8 hours in the day, a well-behaved child and a generous helping of sanity!
I’M OFF TO SCHOOL!!! (well, at least I’m gonna sit down here on the couch and open my laptop)