Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Since when is it the end of February?

The semester is a third of the way over and I'm just barely settling in. With snow days, holidays and professor sick days, I don't feel like I'm in class as much as I probably would otherwise.

To give a quick run-down of this semester's load:
QuinRose♪LIS 417: Subject Cataloging and Classification Which threatens to own my soul. Or at least start bargaining for it. But it's fun. There's also the comfort (or not as the case may be) of taking this with a professor I've had before. Knowing teaching style and personality makes it easier to jump into a subject. And after a few hours in the cataloging lab, I think this might be a bonding experience for those of us involved.

E-R DiagramLIS 458: Database Management Which I think I enjoy more than I should admit. The last class we started to draw E-R model diagrams and I was having a blast. I even started to imagine what else I could draw into E-R diagrams. I'm only having problems with the participation factor; I understand it, but it takes a while for me to figure out which side of the relationship diamond to draw the double line to indicate total participation. I'll shut up now. Another class with a professor I've had before, so again, really easy to jump into.

XML homeworkLIS 469: XML Which...um...yeah. I think I get it, but I'm not quite sure. It's all very abstract at the moment. The code part is hands-on, but the application of it and how this applies to real-word models is extremely abstract. Doesn't help that the XML level of experience and expertise is across the board in the class. We'll see. I still have hopes that I'll come out with something that will at least help me get a job.

Freedom Trail Open During ConstructionAlso, a good friend from my Hamamatsu days was visiting from London and we had a great (though cold) few days doing some sightseeing and hanging out in Boston.

It's hard to believe that I'm going to be graduating in May. I literally just got here. Part of me wishes I spent more time thinking through the possibilities for me in this field, but another part of me is pretty sure that I'll find what suits me.