Hmmm . . . a blog post for the end of the semester. What shall it be? Librarian’s words of wisdom? “Don’t start your paper the night before it’s due.” [see under: Colbert] “We probably can’t get that article for you by tomorrow.” “SAVE your work!”
Other advice to get you through the next few weeks? “Be sure to get enough sleep.”
“Don’t take NoDoz.” [yes – they still make that]
I think I will pass along a question that one of my library school professors asked at the end of each final exam in his classes . “What do you want to learn next?” David Carr would ask. Not “show me how much you learned in the past 15 weeks.” Not “what classes do you need to complete your requirements”. He asked, “What do you want to know?”
So while you are gearing up for those final papers and exams, take some time to think not just about where you have been but where you are going. How has what you have learned in a class this semester changed you? How have the people you have met, or the lectures, concerts or athletic events you have attended changed you? What new questions do you have? What do you want to know?
And where will you look for answers? Maybe in a classroom, perhaps in the library, or could be sitting outside watching a sunset with friends.
Just remember that the real reason to review, reread, and rewrite is not just to focus on the last 15 weeks, but also to think about the next 15 and the 15 after that.
What do you want to know?