On to the next adventures…

My time as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan is now at an end. It has been a very interesting year, with unexpected twists and turns, taking me to places where I learned something new each time. I thank everybody at the University of Michigan, KWF program director Charles Eisendrath, the hard-working Birgit Rieck (us Germans know no other way!), and everybody at Wallace house. I also want to send a heartfelt thank you to my classmates in the fellowship (hate the term fellow Fellows – can’t go there) for being such amazing people to learn from. I love you all and look forward to being part of your lives forever.

A gigantic hug of appreciation to Dr. Jeff Kutcher, Courtney, Steve, Bruno, Brandy and everybody at UM NeuroSport and the neuropsych departments. Your generosity of time and spirit let me into a whole new world. You’ve not seen the last of me. 🙂

My professors, Dr. Shirli Kopleman, Landon Little, Sherman Clark, Chris McNamara were all lovely. My friend and great advisor Dr. Andy Markovits is a font of ideas and enthusiasm. You never travel a journey alone, and I thank everybody for their help, kindness, patience and encouragement.

It’s time to move on to the next chapter, and I am excited to see where life will take me.

Namaste.

jcg

The KWF crew on top of Sao Paolo.
The KWF crew on top of Sao Paolo.

Happy New Year…

Seems crazy that we’re into 2013 already, especially since I just heard “1999” by Prince on the radio today 🙂 Remember how that was the jam, for some year that seemed so far away. Now it’s buried in the fog of 14 years passing. Crazy. Or maybe Let’s go Crazy 🙂

I am wishing everybody the best for this coming year. I know 2012 was a struggle for many, for different reasons. I mourned some losses and heartaches, but choose to celebrate the blessings of a year that took me to Paris (three times to Charles De Gaulle alone!), Madrid, Seville, Lisbon, Miami, Sao Paulo, Zurich, seeing my family in Germany, and many points in-between.

I will be a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan for another four months, and I plan to make the most of the time. You may even see me pop up now and again making a speech about women and sports media. Come April, I am released back into the big, bad world. I don’t know what stream I will choose to swim in, but plan to make it good!

Namaste.

jcg

Deep discovery…

I think I have found the secret to making school fun: eliminate the grades! OK, so I am not saying my plan is feasible in the real world, but I have discovered that I love to go to class when there are no grades. Just learning for learning/curiosity’s sake. I’m one month into my 8-month Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

So far, so good.

I’m taking advanced German and a digital production class. Fun to think about new things every day, without the pressure of figuring out what to regurgitate back to the prof. Then again, I am used to being the prof these days…so now I get to see things again from the student side. Which is good.

Just another perfect night at the ballpark.