We are not even halfway into the semester and I am already overwhelmed! Who knew my last semester of grad school would be so busy? Currently my weekly assignments look as follows:
GWS 485 – Gender and politics. Each week we have to read a book and write a three-page summary on each book due the day before class.
GWS 502 – Feminist Knowledge Production. Each week we are assigned readings and required to write an annotated bibliography, which comes out to about three or four pages.
CLJ 500 – Law and Society. Each week we are required to write a two- to three-page summary on each article assigned. We are usually assigned four to five articles each week.
So lets do the math: I write and print about 15 pages each week in assignments alone!! The poor trees!
On top of all of these school requirements, I am also looking for employment. I am currently attempting to apply for about 15 to 20 jobs each month. This give me time to draft a cover letter each day of the week. Not to mention many of the jobs I am applying for require letters of recommendation from former supervisors or professors!!
I literally have no time! I’m pretty sure my boyfriend is tired of us utilizing our time together analyzing the works of Foucault, Durkheim and Plato. He is sweet for helping me, but I am pretty sure he just wants to watch “The Walking Dead!”
In order to cope with the demands of the semester, I utilize a huge color-coordinated calendar. I list each class’s assignments, any due dates for jobs I’m applying for, as well as work-related due dates and events.
The only good thing about having all these assignments is that in the process I have become a stronger writer. I know how to analyze theoretical works easier. I feel like I am finally the graduate student I want to be (too bad it’ll ends in a few months!!).
Next week, I hope to catch up with school and take advantage of things going on in the city! Granted the weather makes up its mind about which season it wants to be in!
So…how do you stay organized?!?