Aaaaaannnnddd now it starts to get intense.
Reading everyone else’s blogs, I have seen everyone give their advice on how to manage time, reading, stats, jobs, personal lives, etc., and I clearly need to adopt a buddy/life counselor because this week was insane.
Adjusting to graduate school has been kind of a challenge. The academic work load has been intense. With all the reading, trying to learn statistics, and now balancing group projects has been difficult. Ever since starting, I always feel behind and not caught up on anything.
Working 30 hours a week has been hard too. I have changed my work schedule every week. I think I am going to work longer shifts on Mondays and Fridays, and shorter shifts on the days I have classes so I have time to work out and read before class. I am not sure if I am going to be able to work 30. I might cut back to 25 until I can fully get adjusted to graduate school.
Since starting graduate school, I have been eating breakfast, eating fairly healthy, sleeping, and exercising. So I was super mad that I got sick on Monday. I was thinking “I am doing everything right – WHY am I getting sick?” People in class probably thought I was being super anti-social when I isolated myself from everyone in class, and then had to present with another classmate on the subject of working in teams vs having unions (note: because both of us were coughing so much we were only half of a person). I didn’t have time to rest, so I inundated my immune system with DayQuil and garlic pills, so I felt fine by the end of the week. I normally get sick when I am stressed, but I didn’t start getting stressed until after I got sick.
My friends who graduated with me in June visited this past weekend. It was obviously a good time, and I missed them. But I also think that my friends that I already have in Columbus are preventing me from hanging out with people in the program. They always go to the Varsity Club after class on Thursdays (which I still haven’t gone because I have to read and watch Jersey Shore after). I normally am the social one of the group, but since I don’t know them that well I think I haven’t been as outgoing. I think I am going to try and organize a social on Friday so hopefully they can see “Fun Garren.”
I hope I have adjusted by the next blog!