I find that one of the hardest times to actually be productive in the school year is over reading week. it really should be called “eye before the storm” week, because its the moment of calm before the craziness of the final sprint starts.
That being said, I’ve been so bogged down with interviews and other courses of the past week and a half I really haven’t had much time to focus on our project. Fortunately, it gets better after Tuesday next week, when I won’t have another assignment to do for at least 2 weeks, so I’m planning on buckling down and really catching up then.
Nevertheless, I was able to review Matt’s feedback of my writing. Much of my own concerns that I had before I turned it in were qualified, I ended a bit too abruptly and could use a bit more elaboration. But his comments also gave some good ideas for perhaps some comparative work on Jews in New York to enhance my overview of Kensington Market in the 1910s and 1920s. Also, when I was writing the essay, I was worried that I would go off and focus on outside Toronto history too much, but I think Matt actually was encouraging me to locate Jewish settlement in Toronto in larger Toronto settlement trends, which is a good place to pick up my research again.