All entries for Wednesday 08 June 2005

June 08, 2005

good week

Follow-up to Panthers don't roar… sometimes they chirp or peep* from L'Etrangère

I’m really enjoying this week at Leeds. Being part of the project, meeting new people, talking to them about their experiences. I feel useful, engaged and interested. The group is so diverse in terms of skills levels, life experience, situations etc. but it really seems to work well together… they’re supporting each other, offering each other advice and contacts, working in teams. I’ve been keeping a private research diary with some sketchy notes – I didn’t think I knew what I was looking or listening out for (and I still don’t really know) but reading through it now I’ve recalled quite a lot of incidents that didn’t seem that significant at the time. Going to follow up my observations this week with a questionnaire (to everyone including 2nd cohort) and telephone interview with a few.

I feel quite emotionally involved in the project, even though it’s only short, and I know I’m going to feel sad to say goodbye to them tomorrow. I feel like I’ve been teaching, at least in terms of giving quite a lot of myself to the project and the people who are involved. Today we went to the skills centre for talk about volunteer work. Made me realise I should volunteer over the summer – I signed up to WV back in Sept but then everything went a bit wrong that term, and I wasn’t really in a position to offer anything of any value to anyone.

This is really badly written – I’m just so tired. Went bowling tonight with staff from the general office – got the first strike of the game (possibly the first strike of my life!) and then promptly lost horrendously. Ah well.

Right then, bed, I can’t stay awake any longer.


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