It has been one busy summer! Between adjusting to work on the hotline, both the type of work and night shifts, juggling other work and school work, I’ve somehow had very few (functional) days off but am still woefully behind on all things academic. My job on the hotline is emotionally and physically demanding, and frankly I’m still learning to cope.
At this point I need to get two papers submitted for publication and to begin (!) studying for my Comparative Politics comp exam next month. Yet, here I sit – my circadian rhythms still whacked because my body is shifting to more of a night schedule and I’m having a hard time with that. At least, I will likely remain on night schedule until another schedule change comes along. At this point, however, I still have 2-3 days a week that are completely spent in physical and mental recovery mode and that’s why I’m behind. But with a comp next month, I’ve got to start fitting in a good 20 hours a week of study.
One thing that will help is that my other job ends in two weeks. Of course, then I have one week working only one job (and the four days off I will have will be spent visiting Mom), and then school starts back up and I’ll be working 20 hours a week for my professor (plus the hotline). But, I will sort it somehow. I have to.
It’s my hope that working in the lounge on campus 3-4 days a week will also force me to study better. As well, I’ll be reducing my hours on the hotline for the next scheduling round from 17 hours a week to 12, but that doesn’t happen until after the first comp exam finishes.
All of which means, I need to make a game plan. A specific reading schedule. Plans to study and review with classmates. Which is the last thing I feel like working on when I’m still zonked from last night’s shift (which followed a 10 hour work day beforehand).
On the positive side, however, I’ve gotten my dissertation committee (mostly) together and I’m really pumped about the people who have said yes! I also need to hammer out a written agreement with the organization, but I (think I) have full access now to some of the best dissertation data available anywhere for my project. I’ve also managed to earn enough money this summer to cover expenses, do some of that much-needed clothes shopping, AND avoid taking ANY new student loans next year (Very Big Deal)! I have even had to turn down a bit of work at this point, which hurts, but see the aforementioned lack of progress in comp studying. My instinct is to jump at the additional paying work but I must pass this exam.
Yay! It’s also been a fun summer of friends from both school and church, though I’m dying to get out of the city and hike for a day before school starts.
T-24 days. Grateful.
Om Mani Padme Hum.