“An Easy Education is a Contradiction in Terms:” What They Don’t Tell You about Graduate School

In talking to other members of my cohort, I realized that none of them appear to have entered graduate school fully prepared. Maybe they were given poor information; maybe they didn’t do their due diligence. Either way, they don’t seem to fully grasp that graduate school is different. Here is what I wish I could tell them without offending them in the process. Continue reading ““An Easy Education is a Contradiction in Terms:” What They Don’t Tell You about Graduate School”

What is an Ed.S. Degree?

I always get this puzzled look on peoples’ faces when I tell them I am getting an Ed.S. degree. I go further to tell what Ed.S. stands for–Education Specialist–and I get the same blank stare. Here is my best explanation in a quick and simple post. Continue reading “What is an Ed.S. Degree?”

Graduate School: Nine Weeks In

Graduate school started the day after Labor Day. It has been a crazy nine weeks, hence the lack of blog posts. Grad school is not entirely new to me; I completed an M.Ed. program about 18 months before starting my current Ed.S. program. Here is a brief run down of how the weeks have gone. Continue reading “Graduate School: Nine Weeks In”

Chrome Industries Pawn and Orlov 2.0: Impressions

Chrome Industries recently released updated versions (2.0 they call it) of their popular Orlov (30L) and Pawn (42L) backpacks that were discontinued some years back. I fondly remember using a coral-colored Pawn back in my undergrad college days. I could bring everything I needed for the day–plus room to spare–without anything getting wet during a Utah snow. That bag has long been sold in order to fund other items of want, and at a $200 price tag, I am currently unable to procure the updated version. However, I will provide my impressions based on pictures and my deals with the first generation of the bag. Continue reading “Chrome Industries Pawn and Orlov 2.0: Impressions”