Hey, guys – welcome back to TNTH!
I lived to see this day. Two final papers later, and my last fall semester as a graduate student is officially over! I won’t lie, this semester was rough for many reasons that are not school work or time-related. This semester, I took an independent study that would meet up for an hour every week, and a hybrid literature class that met up once every other week. I had time to knock out a lot of assignments, but my time management was not the greatest. Because I physically didn’t have to be at school some days, I would not take the work of that week seriously, and sometimes it left me hanging on submitting subpar work to my professors. On top of that, I did a lot of independent work that didn’t require submitting something until later on in the semester, and that’s when things got tough. I didn’t start my final papers until literally the last minute because I still had major projects due for my classes. Overall, it was rough because I felt like my mind was all over the place. I made it through, and now I hope I got myself some good grades!
Next year, I might just die. No literally, I might die over exhaustion or some crazy shit; I can feel it already. I have to take three courses next semester because my grad program screwed a lot of us over, but hey – it is what it is: an infancy master’s program. I am taking a renaissance literature as a pre-100 requirement with a professor I keep getting mixed feelings about, but hey – it is what it is. I am also taking another class with a professor I had already during my grad career, so I’m not really worried about her class. Finally, I am taking my thesis supervision course, which is basically me working on my MA Thesis until I’m burned out and submit it to my thesis advisor who will tell me to burn it some more and once it’s completely in ashes, I submit the paper to the graduate committee and see if it will pass, fail, or receive honors. I am a nervous wreck for next semester.
In the meantime, I am going to spend these next couple of days of 2017 relaxing and taking time to myself. Once the new year comes around, I’ll be back working on my thesis so that I don’t have to do that much work during a semester that is packed with reading and writing.
I’ve had my fair share of complaining this past year and a half, but I know that once it’s over, I’m going to miss it. I mean, that’ll be a whole post of its own, but for now, I can’t wait to graduate in six and a half months!
I hope everyone who finished their semesters of school is relaxing and enjoying their time off; you deserve it!