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Welcome back to grad school!

I have read something like 120 pages today. I still have some 275 left to read for the week--and a paper to write. This does not include planning for the class I will be teaching at my church or any work on my papers. This is an insane amount of work; and most of it is from my original schedule. The class I added at the last minute is not going to be what stresses me. In case this is useful to anyone, it is a bad idea to take a theology class and two biblical studies classes together. I thought I should have learned this last semester--it was a bad idea to take theology, one biblical studies and one history class. I did not learn the lesson.

I will survive. This weekend I am going with the seminary chorus to Washington, D.C. This means that I will scramble to do as much reading as possible tomorrow, go to bed early (hopefully), and get up at some insane hour so that I can leave at 5:30 A.M. on Friday. We will be back at some insane hour on Sunday night, at which point I will attempt to survive on a few hours of sleep and show up for class bright and early on Monday morning--and there had better be chocolate chip muffins on campus at that point because I will need to be celebrating in advance the fact that I will stay awake until 6:00 P.M. I will then crash in bed at home, and the other thing I will have celebrated is the fact that my cats will be nice and let me sleep.

The ten-page papers are going to have to find places on the fridge this semester simply because they get turned in on time. I honestly think I will need to learn how to write them in my sleep.


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Sep. 20th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Just curious (so I can prepare ... heh), is this what most graduate programs are like? Are you taking full-time courses? I'm planning on doing my M.A. part-time and working full-time next year, but going by your description and how much working alone is taking out of me (although it is getting better, slowly), this kind of scares me!
Sep. 20th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
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I do know that the reading load is very heavy... I am taking a whole lot of classes. Each class tends to have around 100 pages of reading a week. I would actually suggest going back to part-time work if you can. Most people I know who work full-time and do grad school get extremely tired-burned out. If you can avoid it, it is a good idea.
Sep. 20th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't happen to have any time to visit with anyone while you are in DC, would you? If so, perhaps we could get together for coffee or something. If you want my cell number, let me know. I would be delighted to show you some DC hospitality!
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, they have packed our schedule. I am disappointed about this since there are at least two people on my list from D.C. who I would like to meet. We will be attending the Saturday evening service at a church in Fairfax--I don't remember which one... Apparently a couple of their members are supposed to take our vans on a drive through D.C. in the afternoon. I wish there was time for a tour that would be meaningful to me. I will come back sometime for that on my own expense. Since part of my ministry is music, I'm going to try to build some network with these churches and see about returning once my CD is done--and staying long enough to do some visiting. I don't do very well with the whirlwind lifestyle.

If my info is correct, we will be singing at the Northwest Community Church, which is located at 4100 16th Street, NW. I found nothing about this on their web site; but this seems to match up with the info that our director gave to me.
Sep. 21st, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I'm not alone in this heavy load. I finally found time to clean house today! Couldn't put in off any longer. My DH doesn't see why it takes most of the day for me to complete the reading for each class. This is all differen for me because I find I must open a Word document alongside the reading and make notes else I will have forgotten what the reading was about. So may pages for each class! And, my classes are discussion based. While I at it, I have to do a PowerPoint presentation for one of my classes. Have you used it? If so, how? What should I include? New to me too.
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