the wild and weary life of a grad student

And the semester REALLY begins.

This is what my life looks like:

2/23: 9-2 Job #1, 2-4 Job #2

2/24: 9-4 Job #1, 4-9 Job #2

2/25-2/26: Execute a 5-7 page paper… while Lance is home on Winter Break

2/27: 12-4 Job #2

2/28: 6:30-9:30 Finish paper @ Starbucks, 10-3 Job #1, 3:30-6:30 Class.

Things Due: Paper, Read three books, read one dense critical article.

3/1: 12:00-2:00 Job #1, 2:30-5:30 Class, 5:30-6:30 Job #1, 7:00-10:00 Team Trivia

Things Due: Present a mini-booktalk, paper on mini-booktalk

3/2: 9:00-2:00 Job #1, 2:00-4:00 Job #2

3/3: 9:00-4:00 Job #1, 4:00-9:00 Job #2

3/4-3/13: Spring Break, during which I need to:

– Come up with an excellent argument for a 5-7 page paper

– Do any research required for the writing of that 5-7 page paper

– Write 5-7 page paper

– Write a 10-minute presentation about said 5-7 page paper

– Read 2 books so I can figure out how they relate to my paper in a potential class discussion

– Read my partner’s article

– Meet up with my presentation partner to figure out/stab blindly at what we are supposed to do for the other 45 minutes of our presentation time

– Read 4 other articles for the other group that is presenting

– Visit the teen area of a library

– Write a 5 page paper reviewing said teen area

– Work 8-13 hours at Job #2

– Celebrate my birthday

3/14 6:30-8:30 Starbucks so I can finish my paper, 9:00-3:00 Job #1, 3:30-6:30 Class

Things Due: Paper, individual paper presentation, panel discussion with partner, read 2 books, read 5 articles.

3/15 12:00-2:00 Job #1, 2:30-5:30 Class, 7:00-10:00 Team Trivia

Things Due: Teen area critique paper

3/16 9:00-2:00 Job #1, 2:00-4:00 Job #2, 4:00-10:00 p.m. Drive from Boston to Western Mass to see Lance’s band concert


And then I have a blissful 2 weeks with no assignments due.

If anyone would like to place bets on how many migraines I can accrue over the next 21 days, please place your bids in the comments.

2 Responses to “the wild and weary life of a grad student”

  1. Dude, I sort of know your pain. Just finished up my last semester of grad school classes (on practicum now). I didn’t work though. Hence, only partially knowing your pain. I hate those weeks when everything is due. Why, why professors, must you put us through hell? Does it make you secretly pleased to see us all walking around like worried little zombies? Anyway, yeah, grad school can be awful.


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