Grad School is…
Word is hard.
Doing them at the same time is even harder.
March has been the month where I’ve asked myself repeatedly: What the heck did I get myself into?
Now this begs the questions: Is it because I’m taking two classes, and not one (like last semester)? Is it the subject matter?
I think it’s a combination of both.
What classes am I taking? Saints, Monsters, and Animals in the Middle Ages and Intro to Critical Theory. The first class is with the same professor that I had last semester for the Canterbury Tales. So I was sort of expecting what type of workload I’d be getting with this new class.
The Critical Theory class on the other hand….Oy! Not only is a hard and dense subject matter, but the prof is not helping right now. Our first paper is supposed to later turn into our large 15-page final paper. It’s been almost 4 weeks since we handed in that first paper. Our final paper is due May 10. We are all freaking out cause we won’t be surprised if he hands that first paper back like a week or two before the final one is due. I’m sort of preparing myself for that. So I have no idea how well I’m doing in that class. The Animals class is quite interesting, but I haven’t decided on what my final paper will be on, but I have a feeling it will most likely be about werewolves, and how there are no female werewolf stories in the Middle Ages.
So that’s what has been eating up my time since the end of January. My weekends have centered around homework. And several Wednesday nights have been spent at the library doing research and making photocopies (it’s the only day of the week I’m fee and when the library is open late). So hence the online silence.
But I have still been reading! Not as much as I’ve been wanting to though.
The other day my mom asked me about the 4th of July weekend and I was like “Mom! I’m just trying to make it to the end of the week here!”
Work has been very demanding too. Which I guess is a good thing but at the same time, I find myself stepping back from it all, and trying to figure out what needs to be done first: stuff for a book that comes out in two months, or for an anniversary edition that is due out early 2012? Both equally important. Each day, my brain is focused on books for Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, and now Winter 2012. And in early May, the editors will be presenting their Spring/Summer 2012 lists. So…much…to…do! Online marketing for children’s books does not sleep!
For now, I am eagerly awaiting the end of May when I will be done with these two classes and have “summer vacation” from school.
And also, for now…. some more school-and-study-themed animals that sort of illustrate these last two months and what I’ve been going through: