Wow, what a week. I have been majorly negligent in my regular posts, but since this week’s Sunday Shenanigans fell on my birthday, I think I should get a pass.
The last few weeks have been quite the whirlwind, with major client meetings at work, traveling to St. Louis for a wedding, a final exam, and several social events including my birthday and two nights spent at Comerica Park watching the Tigers. Of course, my life can never go a long period of time with things running completely smoothly, so I walked out of Friday’s game to find my car with a dead battery and awoke Saturday morning to a leaky shower pipe in my basement. Both were relatively quick and easy fixes, (though the shower was not fixed until this morning so I was showering at my dad’s), but neither were things that I really wanted to deal with. In short, life has been hectic, but overall fun. The next few weeks promise a similar whirlwind. My next class starts this week and will require a large amount of time spent reading and writing outside of class. If I don’t post for an extended period of time, it is safe to assume that my blogging hours have been absorbed by class hours. I also have another trip to St. Louis for a bridal shower/bachelorette next weekend, a camping trip coming up in July, and various other social events throughout July. Basically, by the end of July all I am going to want to do is sleep, which will not be an option because I will not be done with classes until mid-August. It does not help things that I have only been averaging 6-7 hours of not so restful sleep recently. Despite my best intentions, I have continued to shove too many things into too few hours in a day. I mentioned in my last post that I had considered dropping my next class and taking a few weeks off before my seminar in August. That is still a very tempting option, but I know that it is not the right choice. I can not guarantee that this class will be offered again and taking it gives me a greater degree of flexibility to take my final classes one at a time instead of trying to take multiple writing intensive classes at the same time. Still, a few weeks of regular sleep and not rushing through my workouts to get them done would be nice. Once again, I am living through the reality of grad school and a full time career.
My advice to anyone who is thinking of pursuing their degree while working is simply to go in understanding that it is a huge commitment. Grad school classes are not like many of your undergrad classes; you will not be able to coast through with minimal effort no matter how smart you are. Professors expect you to participate with thoughtful answers and will grade you accordingly. In the same vein, if you are serious about a graduate degree, coasting through should not be an option. Go back to school to actually learn something, not just for the letters behind your name. I realize that that may be a tall order for some; there are plenty of people who go back to school only for the credentials, and that is fine, but in my opinion that is a lot of time and money spent for a minimal payoff. Even if you do not feel that you learn from the material in all of your classes, at least make the effort to sharpen the skills that the class calls on, whether that be presenting, critical reasoning, or managing a team. I have been just as guilty as the rest at times, with a mindset of just get through and get a good grade, but I do strive to take something away from each of my classes. If I am going to spend the time and money and love through the stress, I want to know that I at least did it well.
With all of that said, it is back to the roller coaster ride for me. Wish me luck!
Sleep: 6.5 Hours
Work: 8 Hours
Study: 1 Hour
Workout: Pilates and paddle boarding
Current Soundtrack: N’SYNC Pandora station