How to Cope Post Residency

Residency was an incredible opportunity for me to jump outside of my comfort zone and join an amazing group of people on an adventure!

I INTRODUCE YOU ALL TO: drum roll please….

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Royal Roads MALAT!

An amazing experience that filled me with so much gratitude and love ❤

I know what you’re going to ask…

What really happens when you get home from residency and the sadness of missing everyone starts to sink in?

How do you cope once your back to your (as we liked to refer to it) “REAL LIFE” and no longer in the RRU dorms being awoken by mating peacocks?

Well to start, you sleep….and sleep….and sleep….and yes, SLEEP!!

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Then COFFEE… LOTS of coffee to get you tackling those remaining assignments!

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Then you set up your MALAT workshop at home, filled with things that remind you of the amazing castle and people you called home for two incredible weeks.

Then you try to find supportive critical friends within your own home…

however; this might not have worked out so well…

so you try to recreate the magic of Habitat’s ORBS…

then you spend copious amounts of time (which you don’t have) on WhatsApp, talking to the people you miss SO MUCH…

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So much so that you engage in an online face-to-face conversation to hear those lovely voices and see those beautiful faces again!

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Once you get your fill, you sign off and hold tight to those incredible rocks we wrote on during our last day…

And you remember this:

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Anyways, that’s how I cope without you…I know things are falling into place ❤

Don’t worry though…

online learning will keep us together!

I miss you all!

Ready for our next adventures together… after some fun in the sun first!

Until next time…

~ Kim

I AM a BLOGGING Researcher

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When I started my MA, I felt like an imposter. I couldn’t help but feel this way, especially when one of my professors told us we were all researchers. I chuckled, thinking that I would never be considered a researcher and it is finally starting to sink in.

I AM A RESEARCHER!

I wear a lot of hats in my life and I am proud to add researcher!

Today I took the leap being a researcher and shared my MA blog on my Twitter feed (@ClimbandGrow). I refused to do this seven weeks ago because I was too vulnerable but here I am, just going for it! Sharing it to whoever is interested in reading it! Oh the perks of being a blogger.

Regarding blogging, I read an article that stated the following, “we suspect that an average paper in a peer-reviewed journal is read completely at most by no more than 10 people” (Biswas & Kirchherr, 2015, n.p.). TEN PEOPLE!? That’s it!? To me this seems like an outrage! Research is a LOT of work and a LOT of reading and writing, and then to have minimal amounts of people read your work!? Why aren’t all academics blogging and posting their work to social forums like Facebook and Twitter, allowing more people to access their knowledge, especially through hashtags. This trend is spreading and I think it is going to catch on more! Even “professors are beginning to use blogs to establish networks, opening communications between students and the wide Internet audience” (Asselin, 2008, p. 9). The Seesaw application used at my school has a blogging function, allowing children as young as four to contribute to online forums. Knowledge should be shared and accessible to everyone I think. You never know whose looking for exactly what you’ve written…

~ Kim

References

Asselin, K. (2008). Blogging: The remediation of academic and business communications (Order No. 1452706). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304449817). Retrieved from https://ezproxy.royalroads.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/304449817?accountid=8056

Biswas, A., & Kirchherr, J. (2015, April 9). Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account a scholar’s presence in popular media. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/04/09/academic-promotion-scholars-popular-media/

 

Experiencing Change: Researcher Jargon

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Now that residency has come to an end,  I have noticed my vocabulary changing, expanding more so, into the abyss of researcher jargon.

When I started on campus, I didn’t know anyone, it was a completely foreign experience for me and I was nervous. On top of that, I had NO IDEA what a lot of my professors or peers were talking about. Thank goodness for my iPhone as I was constantly on Google (how connectivist of me), searching the meaning of words being used that I had either never used before, or never even heard of.

Some of the words that made my head spin included:

pragmatic

underpinning

epistemology

theoretical frameworks

cultures of inquiry

paradigm

empirical 

I felt COMPLETELY vulnerable in this area and blogging about it now, showcasing that vulnerability online, is terrifying. Heide Estes (2012) explains this well, stating that “blogging helps me to bring together aspects of my academic and non-academic lives, as well as to start thinking about issues that will eventually get my academic attention but where I’m still working out ideas in a more casual forum” (p. 974). ABSOLUTELY! I have been a blogger for a few years now with my career, however; I have always been very confident with what I post. Being in a new space now where I can casually express my ideas, thoughts, and opinions regarding academia and how I understand it, is nerve-wracking and a very exciting change. I feel confident knowing that blogging is a space to grow, to learn, and to showcase who I am and who I am becoming in this scholarly journey. It is true what Kathleen Asselin (2008) says, “blogging is changing the way people communicate and blogging is a leading example of how modern communications is being affected” (p. 79).

~ Kim

References

Asselin, K. (2008). Blogging: The remediation of academic and business communications (Order No. 1452706). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304449817). Retrieved from https://ezproxy.royalroads.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/304449817?accountid=8056

Estes, H. (2012). Blogging and academic integrity. Literature Compass, 9(12), 974-982. doi:10.1111/lic3.12017