I apologize for not posting last week, but I was a little off kilter after receiving some bad news. You see, this week is my spring break, a lovely little vacation from the grind of academia. And this year, I was supposed to be spending my break with my Health Disparities class in Maine. Alas, I am still stuck in Ohio. There’s nothing wrong with Ohio (except the snow and the rain… Thank you, Bowling for Soup, for popping into my head there…). It’s just… I was supposed to be in Maine. And I’m not. Yeah, a huge bummer there.
So here’s why I’m not eating cheap lobster dinners and conducting health research in middle-of-nowhere Lubec, Maine:
I showed up at what I now realize was the FINAL meeting for Maine, thinking it was odd that the information was coming out so last-minute. The meeting was last Thursday, and the group was leaving on Saturday. I sat through the information session, totally psyched with the itinerary that had been handed out– and a free t-shirt– then approached the professor and told her I hadn’t received any emails about the trip and I had weaseled the time and location of this one out of someone else going on the trip. She apologized and said I must have somehow been excluded from the list, and that she would look into it.
Well, that she did. A short while later, she called and asked if I had put down my deposit. I told her no, since I had never received any information about putting one down. Though she couldn’t give me any answers yet, she though that might have been one reason I hadn’t received any emails about the trip. Okay, I thought, no cause for concern, that’s rectifiable and certainly no reason I couldn’t go on the trip. But unfortunately there was more to it.
Back in November, apparently, emails had been sent out about proposals that needed to be approved in order to go to Maine. I didn’t find out about that until Friday last week, when my professor emailed me to tell me I’d never turned one in. A bit confused, I went back through my emails, all of which I’d saved if they had anything to do with the Honors program. But there wasn’t a single one discussing a proposal or a deposit or any minute detail of the Maine trip. I’m pretty sure I heard my heart shattering like glass. That was quite a blow to my morale. And of course, to my plans for break. I hadn’t set anything else up. Thankfully that wasn’t too hard to fix. My family was happy to see me, as were friends.
So I sent her an email that said I’d never receive the other emails, and that I hoped everyone else had a good time. Then I prepared to head home. To combat my crestfallen-ness, I had the prospect of the Tommy D. Invitational bowling tournament to look forward to on Sunday, March 4, and friends to hang out with, and family to catch up with. So it wasn’t a total loss. While I’m still a bit sad that I wasn’t able to go, it was still a decent break. And I caught up on blog posts. Yeah, that’s a good break.
Another plus is that I now have two articles published in the school newspaper. Kinda cool 🙂