Looking back at the semester, I think it was easier academically than the fall semester had been simply because I had a better idea of what to expect. The semester also had its difficulties, particularly because we lost the department chair at the college to cancer. We now have a new department chair at the community college which brings its own uncertainties, but it is someone whose work I am somewhat familiar. She is an artist who specializes in installation work, which is very different from what most of the students at the college are interested in, so it will be interesting to see how things change. (Personally, I'm pretty excited about that fact.)
It's funny, though. When I first started thinking about going to grad school I had always envisioned it as an oasis from the world where one goes to focus on art and nothing else. While I have definitely been making a lot more art I am finding that life is still there, demanding attention. In a way, I think that's a good thing because, once you leave school and become a "real" artist, you will need to learn how to balance your career with the rest of life. It's probably a good thing to start working on that now.