As I type this, I’m on my third cup of coffee, and I think I slept during that last nap. I can’t really remember. I’m one of the many Ooligan students who work in the professional realm while also pursuing a master’s degree, which means constantly trying to balance and prioritize schedules while facing an endless string of sleepless nights and pots (and pots) of coffee. Now I’m a special snowflake, because I actually work three jobs that all involve complicated children and exist in different quadrants of Portland. But I digress. Ultimately, what I have found through juggling full-time graduate school, multiple jobs, and an attempt at a social life is that I am gathering skills that will serve me well for the rest of my life. Every graduate student I know who also practices a balancing act, whether at Ooligan or otherwise, is learning what it means to get stuff done—and be creative while doing so. By building up our professional resumes while pursuing our education, we are able to provide unique and valuable insight into successful strategies, and we experience what the real world is actually like.
“Mom, I have to come home. I have no idea what I’m doing here, but everyone else is so accomplished already, and I’m not good at any of it.” During my first few weeks at Ooligan Press, all of my many calls to my mom started with this or, “Dad, is Mom there?” I called […]
I got married one week before I started Ooligan’s graduate program. Needless to say, the reveling in my bridal bliss was cut short when I started to juggle work and school and a new—gasp!—husband. A couple weeks ago we celebrated our first six months, and I realized that I have made these past six months […]
Earlier this year, a friend and I were feeling particularly flush and went into a boutique well out of our price range. Among the silk gowns and hand-stitched shoes and ornate jewelry was one book—a paperback of watercolor drawings of trees commonly found in Canada. The connection between this illustrated paperback and a seven-hundred-dollar dress […]
“What was I thinking?” It’s a common phrase that runs through my mind, especially when my two-year-old is still awake at 10 p.m. (grrrrrr) and I still have homework to complete for the following day (grumble, grumble, grumble). A little panic, perhaps a frustrated tear or two and some deep breaths get me through. Then […]
Like Brandon, my fellow co-manager for Write to Publish, I thought that I knew about book publishing because I grew up with a father who was an avid reader and who in turn instilled me with a love of books. After the first week in the program, I realized how little I really knew. Throughout […]