Sunday, February 22, 2009

When Will I Study Now?

I decided a couple of weeks ago that I needed to find more time to study. So I decided that I would start studying on the bus and when I walk from class to class or to work.

A few days ago, I was carrying out my mission of trying to study while walking from a class to my car. I was walking along the side of one of the campus roads. I had my backpack on and was carrying a 2 inch binder full of lecture notes and articles, some of which were loose in the binder. I had one article out in front of me as I was reading it.

So, I was walking along reading and I tripped. Down I went, flat on the pavement. My binder went down, papers went flying, my backpack came off, the water bottle came out and rolled away. My first thought as I lay on the ground was..."oh shit, how embarrassing". I quickly got up, collected my stuff, and acted as if nothing had happened.

So, I have several lacerations on my hands, two of them are deep, but fortunately did not require any stitches. I guess I'm going to have to find another way to maximize my study time.

Life is great when one can laugh at the stupid things one does.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Joyce's Aliases

I have allowed myself to be tagged by Sciencewomen. I've practically shot my anonymity to hell by playing this game, but I had fun doing it. Consider yourself tagged.


2. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother and fathers middle name)
Lira Lane

3. NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
Efren Miles

4. STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)

5. DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
Blue tortoise

6. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, town where you were born)
Lee Glendale

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Green Mocha

8. FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)

9. STREET NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)
French Vanilla Chocolate Chip

10. PORN NAME: (1st pet's name, street you grew up on)
Sweety Chapman

11. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of last name plus izzle)

13. YOUR GOTH NAME: (black, and the name of one of your pets)
Black Brock

Life is great when you can play a game for fun.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

My Challenge For This Semester

My first Big Program Final is just 43 days away and I do not have the time to study for it. I am studying for 16 credits plus trying to study for the Final and I am not able to do it all. I don't know why I thought I could. I thought that I was strong and energetic enough, but I am not. I have just lost 4 days of study due to a migraine. Even without the migraine, the time I would have had was not enough.

My days (Monday through Friday) go something like this: drag myself out of bed at 6:30 am, go to class, go to work right after class, eat lunch while working, go to class, go back to work, go to another class, and finally home for dinner. I fall asleep while my husband makes dinner, then stumble to the table to eat, then back to campus to our Program Study Room to study for the assignments, quizzes or tests that are due the next day, until about 12:30 or 1:00 am. Then I go home, but it takes about 1.5 hours to unwind enough to go to sleep. After about 4 hours of sleep, I have to drag myself out of bed and start all over again. All this is just for my 16 credits. There is no time left to study for the Big Program Final. On the weekends, I can't get out of bed until about 11:30 am. Then I have to continue studying for the assignments that are due at the beginning of the week.

I am also suppose to be looking for a job because my assistantship will end at the end of April, but I don't have the time to look. I have bitten off more than I can chew. The question now is what am I going to do about it? Is it hopeless to continue at this pace and continue with my plan to take the Big Program Final on March 24? I do have Spring Break to study for it, but I don't think 1 week is enough. It would be devastating to fail the Final. If I don't take it this semester, I will have to take 2 of the Big Program Finals in the same semester and they will be only 2 days apart. I don't know what I am going to do.