In the beginning there was grad school. That ended in 2010. Now what do I blog about?

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July 20, 2009

OH MY GOD!

ACK! Summer courses! I just got a B- on an assignment. ME! a B-??? Ugh...it hurts. Will write more after I stop crying....

Later.... I'm really struggling right now, trying to keep everything balanced. Work has been crazy insane lately. My husband is out of work and very bored/lonely so when I'm home, he wants my attention to talk and spend time together; which is great, but I feel guilty brushing him off because of homework or work commitments.

The past few months have felt unsettled - but in a good way. Like things are going to change, that there will be a shift somewhere, I think with my work. I feel fairly confident as far as job security goes so that's not it. They are moving my office but that doesn't seem like it either. So I don't know what's coming but I feel that something definitely is.

I have been offered a graduate assistantship for the coming academic year. I need to get a handle on my routine so I can do that, too, while I finish up my program. Its a lot, as I mentioned in a previous journal entry, but I know I'm up to it. Whatever this is that I feel is looming on the horizon I hope is a good thing and will help me and not be something difficult or draining.

July 13, 2009

Transitioning from summer break back to the edu routine

After just a few weeks off between spring and summer sessions I really got out of the routine of work-study-read-research-write-sleep (repeat). I have to had to readjust to it again even though I am nearing the end of my program. I found I was filling my free time with >gasp!<>I got into a good exercise routine and I really really don't want to break that habit so I'm hitting the books much later in the evening, after dinner, after my walk, after my shower. I find I am going to bed later than normal and am sleepy, needing an extra cup of coffee, in the morning. On one hand, it makes me consider my commitment to finish in 2010, thinking maybe extending the program and cut it down to one class per term. On the other hand, its very exciting and so very challenging. Not everyone goes to grad school! How cool am I? And not everyone who goes to grad school knocks it out in 3 years or less...with honors! How amazing am I? So, yeah, I like taking pride in what I am doing and to me it is worth the extra (extra, EXTRA) effort to make it all happen.

As I think about the last 3.5 weeks of having homework-free weekends and study-free evenings, I look ahead and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Another 9 months or so and I'll see endless homework-free weekends and study-free nights. Unless, of course, I decide to pursue a PhD...