Last semester, I thought that I had more of a handle on things. I took 4 classes, had a minimal number of things to read, and my research papers weren’t quite so scary. This semester, I’m taking 5 classes, all upper-level history ones, and I have a TON of reading. And writing. And researching. And while I love all of those things, I’m starting to feel a bit burned out and brain-dead. Thankfully, there are only 3 weeks of classes left in the semester, followed by a week of finals, and then I’m done (kind of) until the end of August when things kick into high-gear again.
And in case you’re wondering about that “kind of” listed above? I have to take the GRE this summer so that I can apply to the Master’s program in the fall. Applications aren’t technically due until next February, but I want to get a jump on things, and I know that I won’t have as much time to study for it, let alone take it, when I’m in classes five (yes, five) days a week in the fall. Whoever decided to schedule all of the art history courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays needs a stern talking to.
But, before you begin to think that this semester has been all work and no play – no, wait, I take that back – that’s how it’s pretty much been – I did compete in a billiards tournament last weekend in the U of Akron game room. Despite not having time to play since October, I managed to impress even myself and place third in the women’s division. I even got a trophy:
Sometime after I’m finished with the 8 papers that I have due this month (9 if you count the draft of one that’s due on Monday) I’ll catch up on all of the book reviews that I have planned. But, until then, I’m going to be crazy.