I’m not physically here. But I’ll go there sometimes.

When’s a good time for graduate school? Right now. I’ve started a history master’s program at Arizona State University. The lectures and discussions are all online. I work out of my Connecticut office and take one course every seven and a half weeks. My first course is North American History. We’re designing our own history survey courses.

I hope that I can get used to the distractions of setting up the online systems. Then block out time for reading all of the real books I’m assigned. For this, I have a few nice, quiet, library reading rooms in mind. The key to working on a master’s degree? Organizing my time. ASU provides a success coach. I talk to her once a week and hope that her job title influences me.

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