I've learned a few things.
- I don't have to read every word of every reading. I can get the gist and participate in discussion without killing myself with thoroughness.
- It's good to have something productive to do. I like completing assignments.
- It's OK to refuse to do homework on the weekends. Life's too short.
- I don't have to be the best. Good enough is good enough.
- I avoid other people's stress at all costs. I'd like to commiserate, but I don't want to hear it!
Also, I think my focus is more narrow than many of my colleagues'. I already work in a library; I more or less know what I want to do and where I'm headed; and really, I think each person's journey is different, regardless of academic training. So where I end up probably isn't dependent on this program.
The honest truth is I kind of just want to be done. Sure, I've learned some stuff. It's been kind of interesting. But my heart definitely isn't in it as much as it was/is when I study theology. But then again, reading the Church Fathers isn't going to pay the bills. So.
Two more years.