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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Study pal

TODAY WHILE FLOATING IN THE POOL with friends, I shared my dilemma of studying. When I am at home, I will do anything (this morning I baked a pie!) to NOT do my homework. Usually it's housework that distracts me, and we all know that's a diversion tactic, because who wants to do that!?

I was throwing out the idea of going to the public library, or Starbucks, or a bookstore to study. All at once it occurred to me, and another friend verbalized it: Why not study with a classmate? One of my friends is also a non-traditional student and, unlike some of our classmates, she and I don't live on campus, in a dorm. We are both often isolated in our homes while our partners are at work.

When we were undergrad students as younger people, we may have studied alone, but we were often doing so in public places (campus library, dorm or other student housing) with others who were doing the same thing. We weren't quite so isolated.

Tomorrow, my study pal and I are going to meet at a coffee shop to read our textbooks. I am psyched about this. I think I may have found a solution!

~Ms. T. J.

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