So, I will be taking the GREs in t minus 6 days, I also will be presenting a short slide show about my internship for the Chicago Area Conservation Guild in two weeks, and starting a new internship next Friday, so it looks like a lot of things are coming down the pipe. Oh, yeah, also applications? And class? And still interning? And planning my sister's bridal shower, in New York?
So I guess, what I'm going to talk about now is preparation, and the fact that I am doing all of this in preparation for preparation. To be a conservator, nowadays, you have to go to grad school. I mean, there is a way to get out of it, but the 'easiest' way to is go to grad school. Grad school prepares you for a life in conservation. And I am currently preparing myself for a life of grad school (hopefully, if I get in, etc).
I guess what I'm saying is I am still doing warm up laps for the qualifying round, and my legs are getting tired. But stronger?
I have always done alright in school, and taken it pretty seriously, but I've always been a bit aimless. I liked art, but I knew I wasn't going to be a professional artist. I liked history and English, but I knew I'd never want careers in the fields. I've always appreciated science, but never really saw myself as a scientist. I've had interests, but nothing I'd bend over backwards for. Now, boy oh boy, do I have something. Its tiring constantly working toward and thinking about a single goal. I'm not necessarily a one-track mind type person, but I guess, I've learned in the past few years, I can be.
So now I feel like its strange seeing myself as an all-consumed type, as a workaholic, as someone who is leaving the house at 8AM and not getting home until 11PM, on a regular basis. It's weird being in a place in your life where you think, wow, I wish I could sleep less, it'd give me SO MUCH MORE TIME! But, alas, that's where I am. And hopefully I can keep this up for a while, as it seems like this lifestyle isn't going to end any time soon.
So yeah, trying to be an art conservator, not even BEING one, is not necessarily a laid back experience, but its fun. And I am learning so much. And I get to do cool things. And I get to make cool things. So yeah. I guess that's it.
For now I'll keep on prepping, hoping things fall into place, and I am able to keep this thing up for quite some time.