I haven’t really have a full schedule of classes since my first year of grad school, and I DID NOT MISS IT. I decided to take a full course load to boost my Ph.D. applications. While I have read a lot of sexual/reproductive health and immigration articles and books, I don’t have anything on my transcripts that says I know anything about it. Sadly, my department does not offer courses in those areas (instead focuses on things like Critical Pedagogy and Globalization, because they seem to think that THEORY is better than actual research within Sociology). So, I ventured out of the department to take some courses. I am taking a Human Sexuality and Disease course and a Maternal and Child Health course over in the Graduate School of Public Health. I am also taking a Critical Migration Studies course with one of my mentor’s friends in the Geography department. Today was my first day and I’m EXHAUSTED. Since the sexuality course involves anatomy, physiology, and epidemiology I will actually be taking exams. Mind you, I haven’t had an actual exam in over two years, I don’t even know if I know how to study for one anymore.
Additionally, I already have 33 students scheduled for tutoring appointments over in the athletic department and will be working the max 20 hours over there. And, the grant money finally came in so I will also be working 20 hours as a research assistant. The National Institutes of Health will be giving me my paycheck, which I’m stoked about since they are on my list of dream jobs.
And during all this, I’m supposed to fit in my boyfriend, who at any moment may be getting orders and moving. I was actually considering taking off some time from school to move to Japan with him to teach at the University of Maryland campus on the base over there. Thankfully his monitor emailed him this morning and told him he was no longer needed there. Great news, except now we have no idea where and when he’ll be receiving his orders. Its no wonder that A| my mentor is always telling me the easiest way to maintain a relationship while a grad student is to move in with them because grad school life sucks and B| that many significant others of people in the military are not pursuing their own careers because of how quickly things can change.
I’m really hoping once I get back into a routine this whole full class schedule, full work schedule thing will work out and I’ll be able to set some time aside for myself to save my sanity.