Back in school, that is. With a full time job, a house full of active hockey players and running/fitness aspirations, I’ve been taking my Ph.D. studies at a relatively leisurely pace. One class at a time. Usually with 2 or 3 week breaks in between. I’ve taken two 3 month breaks for the past two summers to focus on the kids’ sports, the race season, and mental sanity. That’s unfortunately not an option this Spring/Summer and the way things shake down I’m on just 1 week breaks between classes until sometime early November.
Last week was that one, short week off. Last month I took a brief glance at the required textbooks for this class that has started this week. One was the beloved APA manual. Got it, no worries. Two other books were used in another course – done, no big deal. The third was new to me so I ordered it. Done and done. Logged into my course yesterday to glance at the syllabus, read the instructor welcome, yada yada – essentially giving myself “class 1”.
Today I decided to gather all the books together and start going through the week’s material. I busted open the box from Chegg (should have done that a couple weeks ago). The used book is falling apart but at least I have it. APA manual, have it but probably don’t need it. (Most of that stuff is available on the internet and I’ve been writing with APA for so long I could do it in my sleep.) Where are my Tochim and Creswell texts? Searched all over and wouldn’t you know it? These two happen to be the only two books I’ve ever borrowed and returned from Chegg.com prior to this course. A quick check on my Chegg order history confirms what I was dreading. I have never, ever, ever returned or sold a book before these two. Not for my undergrad. Not for my masters. $200.00 and 15 minutes later, one text is on it’s way rush shipped to me and the other is loaded on my kindle. Thank you technology.
The lesson here kids? DO. NOT. GET. RID. OF. YOUR. TEXTBOOKS!!! Like, ever.
While it is tempting to sit here and continue to blog and research the latest and greatest running tips I will get started on my homework and do what I can. Working in the education industry as instructor and administrator, one of the most frustrating excuses a student can give is “I don’t have my textbooks for X reason, so I didn’t do the work”. I’m not that student. That’s not how I roll. My rushed book (which is the majority of this week’s reading) will be here Thursday. In the meantime there is plenty else I can do to get started and enlighten myself on the intensely interesting and gripping subject that is quantitative research design.