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Although I already think I may be insane for doing so, I'm going to attempt four classes this semester, even though one of them is a studio:


  • CE-ENGIN 510: Public Transportation Systems

  • REGIONPL 643: Economic Development Issues in Planning...

    ...or Social and Economic Policy Analysis. Depending on which part of the computer you ask. Personally, I'm calling it "Superquant".

  • REGIONPL 675: Regional Planning Studio I

  • REGIONPL 691E: Geographic Information Systems



The last three are things I really can't wiggle out of, but how could I possibly not take Public Transportation Systems? It isn't offered very often, and I just can't miss it. Not taking that class would negate my entire purpose in going to grad school in the first place, in a way. It all started with the trains. I must follow the trains. But Studio is a monster of a class, and even an extra credit hour. It's a sort of professional practicum. We'll be doing actual contracted projects for towns across Massachusetts. I've been assigned to a group working with the town of Gill, to help determine what they should do with a 12 acre plot of land that the town has acquired.

Speaking of trains, Nathan was kind enough to take me to the annual Railroad Hobby Show at the Big E grounds. I bought a few books (some of which would have come in very handy during my history class last semester), gawked at some amazing layouts, and Nathan graciously failed to die of boredom.

I have high hopes for this semester. The first week of classes went by without any nervous breakdown on my part. The living room is much cleaner and has a couch in it. The days will be getting longer, rather than shorter. All of my professors seem very good. Most of these classes are more about math and computers, which are stronger areas for me than paper-writing. I got a new assistantship, which is already going well, even if it is as amorphous as the last one. And I've started to get used to living here, even if I still pine for Cambridge.

Date: 2005-01-31 04:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nathanjw
Superquant needs a little theme ditty, so that the word can be sung instead of spoken.
"Superquant! Doo doo dee DOO doo doo!"

Date: 2005-01-31 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-ness.livejournal.com
It all started with the trains. I must follow the trains.

Absolutely.

Date: 2005-02-01 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thufir-hawat.livejournal.com
Really glad to hear that you turned a corner on school.
You keep pluggin and I will too. =)

That "planning what to do with a plot" thing sounds pretty cool, actually.

Date: 2005-02-03 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ikkeikke.livejournal.com
Dude. Your program sounds SO COOL.

I want to do it. I really do. (I almost quit what I was doing to go to York in Toronto when my friend was in the planning master's there, too.

So. Jealous. (Even though my grad school *blew* and I would think twice before doing it again.)

Date: 2005-02-06 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pat-rieger.livejournal.com
I found you through mistergrumpy's Live Journal (http://www.livejournal.com/users/mistergrumpy/) :)

It all started with the trains. I must follow the trains.

I went to grad school for transportation planning at the University of Cincinnati, for the same reason you have gone to grad school: TRAINS! I say take the class, if it is not too late to sign up. Studio courses are a pain while taking other classes, but I think Public Transportation Systems sounds too good to pass up.

Hi

Date: 2005-03-13 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bohorseok.livejournal.com
Hi, this is Rebecca R.G. Is this Deneb who went to LAN-CTY 2002, first session? If it isn't, sorry! If it is, please comment on my journal or something. I lost touch with you!

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