Not Fade Away


Posted on September 12th, by Joy Brown in Joy Brown. 2 comments

Galvanizing intellectual and emotional events have distinguished my graduate school experience thus far. I couldn’t wait to begin the University of Findlay’s Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Program, but a year-and-a-half after I started, I almost dropped out – of everything.

How’s that for an introduction?

Hi! I’m pleased to “meet” you in this digital landscape of hypertextual dreamland. Since I’ll be blogging about my journey through the MARW Program, here are a few more tidbits about me:

I’m a juggler of time, feelings, writing projects, and devil sticks (the kind you saw people tossing around at Grateful Dead shows, three of which I attended way back in the 1990s). I’m also a single, 43-year-old mother with a full-time job as UFs media relations coordinator.

In summer 2015 I started chipping away at my advanced communication degree, one course at a time, and hope to graduate in about a few years. It would not be entirely inaccurate to call me nontraditional.

Have you ever had one of those years during which nothing seems to go right, which you would characterize as your Worst Year Ever? Mine was 2016. I took two semesters off from school when my then-husband divorced me. I also ended up having emergency eyeball surgery too. By a long shot, it was not my finest 8,784 hours (and last year was a leap year).

I picked the grad school ball back up in fall 2016, which turned out to be a very good call, because there’s really nothing like prostitution research (you read that correctly), along with discussions about truth versus fact to take your mind off of mortgage payment concerns and existential angst.

I like to sniff new books. I print out syllabi long before courses begin. I enjoy a good glass of Riesling or a cheap bottle of beer when I plop (we all deserve a good plop from time to time) on my couch after a night class. I’m apt to feel guilty, grumpy and grateful during the course of any given day.

Being an adult (I refuse to use that word as a verb) ain’t been easy lately, but it also hasn’t been boring, thanks to intriguing educational offerings that have opened my eyes much wider than I thought was possible. I do not take such privileges for granted.

This blog will detail some of my more interesting projects, discussions, lessons and observations for and about the MARW program. Like this post, subsequent contributions will be intertwined with my personal life; the two are undeniably, and for better or worse, inseparable.

Two decades prior to becoming a public relations representative, I was a newspaper reporter and opinion columnist. I therefore welcome a variety of feedback, which I appreciate and want. Sock it to me. Let’s get some discourse going here and enrich this digital dynamic.

Thanks in advance for continuing this online version of my journey with me!

 

 





2 thoughts on “Not Fade Away

  1. I’m so glad to see a non-traditional student voice added to UF’s Oilerblogs! Thank you for not using the word adult as a verb! I’m looking forward to your perspective.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



From the Blog

Wondering what it's really like to be at The University of Findlay? Follow our bloggers and read—and sometimes listen and watch—their experiences. Real Oilers. Real stories. Real life.

40K – FTK and for Kalie

This past Saturday, November the 11th, was University of Findlay Miracle Network Dance Marathon’s big event, OilerTHON. Sponsored by Circle K International, this ten-hour...

The Senioritis Struggle: Part 1

From when I first walked through the Griffith Memorial Arch as a freshman, I dreamed about walking the opposite way at graduation, kissing away...

Going Nuclear: Why I Never Really Never Left Las Vegas

In 2006, I got married on a broiling hot 104-degree day in Las Vegas, Nevada. A year later, I went back to learn about...

Curtains Up!

During my very first week here at the University of Findlay, freshmen had the opportunity to attend a session where representatives from more than...

Exactly Where I’m Supposed to Be

When I moved to Findlay, I knew I would miss seeing my family and friends everyday, I’d miss my dog, and I’d miss my...

Brave New World: Facing the Unfamiliar for Friendships’ Sake

Have you ever felt an emptiness in your heart that you’re not sure how to fill? I’ve felt it many times after coming here...

Five Healthy Habits for a Happy Freshman Year

One of my passions is living a health-conscious lifestyle. I believe that maintaining good physical and mental health overall makes you a happier person....

A Day in the Life

During a session I attended a few years ago that offered pointers regarding how to navigate graduate school, one University of Findlay professor said...

Music to my ears?

I’ve been involved in choirs for as long as I can remember, but none of that prepared me for the challenge of coming into...

Practical Magic: How Marathon Petroleum Corporation Fuels Experiential Learning

At this time last year, I stepped outside my comfort zone and accepted an internship with Brand Marketing at Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for...

Adjustments

When you go to a new place, whether it’s a new city/new school/new country, everyone needs to make some adjustments with the new things...

Pipe Dreams and Racist Rhetoric

I know the distinctive sound of my gurgling pipes, and I dread it. My plumbing stopped working several times until I finally spent thousands...

Gettin’ My Dance On … and Making Miracles Happen!

Miracle Network Dance Marathon. A year ago, those four words didn’t mean much to me at all. Today, those words ignite a fire inside...

What’s So Great About Greek Life?

Before I moved in, you could ask just about anyone I knew, “Do you think Tatum will join Greek life?” and their immediate answer...

Push Yourself to the (Browns) Edge

Is there a day that you can honestly say changed your life? A day that impacted your education, career and social life?

Mine was on...