These first couple of days after ending the fieldschool have really found me still stuck in the “fuzzy-mind” state that the intense pressure and stress I felt during the last week left me in. I finished my articles, but they were rushed at the end and I was not completely satisfied with them. Research and content should have been easy for me but I suffered writer’s block after writer’s block and I left the Matrix everyday feeling a little bit more crazy from sleep deprivation each time.
That being said, I still miss everyone a lot and I miss going to class and working together. Even though I am entering my fifth year of university, this was the first course/class/place that I have really had to apply project management skills and ideas to group work and it was nearly impossible to do the work on your own. I am really grateful for how helpful and open everyone was in the fieldschool. I spent much of my blog posts just complaining about everything we have done or used, but I gained valuable skills that I will use in my future jobs and in my personal life. I started this with absolutely no previous experience in website design or development so everything from codecademy to mapbox has been new and exciting and absolutely useful to my personal and professional life.
I know that I should be using this space to talk about all of the wonderful skills that I have actually gained or about the course set up or even about how wonderful our professor was and how great and absolutely necessary it was to have his guidance and encouragement, but the main thing I think back to is the people. I hope that wherever life takes me, that I will still hold onto this network of people and friendships. I hope that if I find myself in New Zealand that Flora will take me to the quirky named bar she used during the one map project, and that if I go to California that I could grab burgers with Cindy and Erick(sorry if I misspelled your name~). There are always those people who you meet, who have a big impact on your life, that leave quickly after you meet them. Don’t forget me guys, and don’t forget to monitor our website~~!
I may come back and edit this or add to it later as I remember important things, but this is what I am thinking of right now when I look back at the fieldschool. We never did have our pizza party or bring in donuts… maybe later?