It seems like everyone in the world is graduating this week and posting inspiring things via social networking sites. For the last year, I’ve felt jubilant every time anyone mentions finals or fifteen page papers or Turabian format. “Thank goodness,” I say to myself, “I’ve left those odious things behind.”
However, the graduation thoughts (e.g. “Learning is a journey, not a destination.”) make me feel a little guilty. I’ve been a college graduate for 367 days; what have I accomplished? How have I continued as a lifelong learner?! Perhaps this anxiety is just a symptom of my gold star complex. I want everything in my life to be quanitfiable: if I do something good, I should get x number of points, and that should demonstrate whether or not I am succeeding. Thankfully, I haven’t spent the last year in a cave. I feel like I’ve done some major growing, even if my efforts aren’t grade-able.
Changing gears: Jason and I share a New York Times subscription, and in the last month, we have read 217 articles online. According to the NYT website, the following are our Most Read Topics.
I think it is a little funny to see how our interests overlap. I’m not sure who is hacking into our account and reading about theatre, though. I guess all those articles about injured Spider-man cast members–which for some reason I find so interesting (the combination of NYC labor laws and Tobey Maguire lookalikes, perhaps)–count as theatre. I think they should be filed under local news…or health and wellness.