I just returned from a 5 day trip to Champaign, Illinois (home of the University of Illinois.) I did a guest lecture for LIS 506: Youth Services Librarianship and I did a brown bag lunch about serving queer youth in libraries. Both were interesting and went well. I enjoyed the teaching and being in such an “academic” atmosphere really made me want to apply to graduate school.
BUT…at what cost? I am having trouble writing a personal statement, my research statement doesn’t seem to “match” with what the faculty there are studying, etc. And how ironic is that? Aren’t you supposed to go do a PhD because you might, just might, have something NEW to add to the field? They will only admit you if someone there can support your field of study…so I can only study what they’ve already studied? Makes sense.
I did see the movie Lars and the Real Girl while in Champaign and it’s now in my top 10 of all time. Ryan Gosling does a fantastic job of playing a delusional guy who falls in love with a doll he finds on the internet. It’s enderaring and very sweet and full of life. See it!
Lastly, I played cards with friends while in Champaign. I realized that I am not the kind of person who arranges my cards by suit — what does that say about me?