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Mid semester shocks and way of life....

Can you believe it is almost mid March! This semester seems to be like on roller skates. All I can remember is having stood on a pair of skates and now I am just zooming on my way and I cannot believe that I am just having a month and the rest of March in hand to complete the 2nd semester.
I am enjoying the semester in terms of the subjects / courses I have taken. Even though one of courses seemed very hard for me in the beginning, it is shaping up to be interesting and exciting. I of course, enjoy the Qualitative and the theory class the most. I am blessed with the best professor I can ever ask for in my life - Dr. Ronald. E. Taylor. I really like him so much that I sometimes see myself as "Dronacharya-Arjuna(and I being more of Ekalavya :))" kind of relationship with him. I always pray to God for him- he is a very genuine and wonderful person and a teacher and mentor par excellence.

Dr. Micheal Palenchar, who teaches the Qualitative Part I is also very genuine person and a deep thinker. I am waiting for the next Part II course in Qualitative research methods by yet another wonderful professor- Dr. Eric Haley.

Other than the course, the class seems to be interesting. I am enjoying working with Jinhee (my best buddy in this campus or rather in my department) on a paper that we hope to publish in AEJMC! The rest - remains the same way as it was last semester.

One fine day - Dr. Morisson with her pet

However, a pleasant day like today just did not last long. We were all shocked and shattered by the news we received. Our school's department head, Dr. Margie Morrison passed away. She was a very sweet and kind professor and I have had quiet a few interactions with her in the past semester. She in fact, always encouraged me and showed confidence in me. On Valentine's day, there was a pot luck in our department and she made some green bean soup and served it and she invited me and reminded me to have the soup. She also made sure that she told me what ingredients were used in cooking the various soups and food items the profs had brought that day so that I did not have any problem having the vegetarian ones.. She was such a nice lady.

Her death was a shocker as it was very unexpected. I am sure the department (my school) is very close knit and a wonderful department and this is surely something that no one would have been able to digest.I know she had a dog, a very handsome dog and she was very fond of him. He was an akita breed and was huge and cuddly.

I pray for her soul to rest in peace. I am still not able to take the news and it is sad. This is for you Dr. Morrison. Thank you for all that you did and have done for students like me. I am grateful to God to have joined such a wonderful school and great department.

Please share your prayers for her and pray for her family and friends.
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