My, How Time Has Flown!

July 24, 2009 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment

Wow, is it really July 24 already?  I can’t believe that I only have little more than two weeks until I make the long haul back to Massachusetts. These past two months have been nothing short of spectacular, and well worth the six months of prior hassle and planning to get there.  I’ve made so many new and fantastic friends within the world of professional and public history, and I’ve also learned so much about myself and how to write history. 🙂

Well, how to research history. The writing part is always that last stretch of the race that usually proves to be the most difficult and hyperventilation-inducing. As an undergraduate I have made it through to a decent, up-to-par product only a few times, and in taking up this internship it has been one of my goals to finally get over this paralyzing fear of the writing process. It almost never fails to happen when I get to the point of putting everything that I’ve researched together into an essay. I freeze. I begin second guessing myself, posing such questions to myself as “Did I do enough research?”, “Am I even capable writing anything good with what I’ve got?”, and the classic – “Do I even have enough time for this? This is going to take me FOREVER!”

Even as I’m sitting here typing this, I can feel the fear stirring around already. I’ve got two weeks to finish up my research, and within that time frame I plan to get over this irrational fear of finishing any kind of writing assignment. How can I even consider a career in research and history if I can’t even finish an essay? So with this in mind, I’m going to do my best to continue as I have been, and for certain hopefully I’ll get over it. You must face your fear in order to conquer it, non?

Also, I found this link thanks to Paula via Facebook. I’m sad to say that I didn’t get the chance to see them yesterday, as they didn’t stop by the Library. But they did have ice cream at a place near my apartment! 😛

That’s all for now, more to come later! 🙂


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