Wednesday, August 09, 2006

study study study

I am having a novel experience. I am writing a History essay on whether the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 was too harsh or too lenient. I am enjoying it. This has never happened before. I have found previous essays... interesting, revealing, enlightening, satisfying at the end. However, the huge amount of note-taking and getting-my-brain-around-it when I could be doing other things has always tipped the scales a little. This time, I still took lots of notes, but I am finding it so interesting.

It turns out that what we were taught about the Treaty in high school (that it was evil and harsh and caused WWII) is actually a little outdated. It isn't so black and white as I had thought before, and I think, because it is so controversial, that it makes it very very interesting. I was talking to a girl who's doing the same essay the other day who feels differently to me about it and it was so exciting having a big historical debate about something that is so crucial to twentieth century history and really quite relevant to today.

Plug: do History at uni. It's the best. English gets snobbish and postmodern, and Linguistics gets sciency and scary and hard. History is hard but you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you're allowed to search for the truth.

Ooh ooh ooh! I got a job, and it's exactly what I've been looking for! I am very happy about it. It's with a language school in town. I will be tutoring English as a second language to school students after school; very flexible hours, very good pay, VERY good experience as I would like to go overseas in a year or two and teach English. My new boss seems really nice and really helpful and I can't wait to get started.

The photo for today is one from a few weeks ago, but this time in sepia.

3 comments:

Patty said...

Glad the mouse is finally dead. We keep our mousetraps under our oven & they always seem to do the trick.

I am usually always looking under/around my bedsheets for spiders. Thankfully I looked one time, because there was a huge spider which had crawled under my blanket! Of all the times I've looked, though, that was the only time I discovered one in my bed.

Good luck with all the studying & I'm happy that you got a job you enjoy!

Btw, have you ever read the book, Eragon?

ellesappelle said...

Eragon... no, I can't say I've even heard of it. Why?

Patty said...

Just curiosity. It's a dragon fantasy book(the first of 3) that my sister loves & I thought I'd read it. I read 80 pages of it while she was away last week & the day after she got back she got 4 of her teeth pulled, so I have been reading some of it aloud to her. They have made a movie of it. Don't know whether it'll be any good, but I just hope it won't disappoint my sister. Here are some links to learn more if you're interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eragon
http://www.alagaesia.com/
http://www.eragonmovie.com/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449010/