I started school on Monday, and even though it’s only been a week, I am already up to my neck in homework and projects, and I’m not super thrilled about it.
Originally I was planning on taking 21 credits, but ultimately decided that graduating four months sooner would not be worth the significant sacrifice to my quality of life, and so after meeting with my counselor and talking to my parents, I felt that it would be best to take 15 credits (5 classes) this semester and then the remaining 6 credits (2 classes) in the spring. I’m still pretty grouchy about not graduating at the time I was supposed to, but I am still able to work full-time while taking 15 credits and would have had to significantly cut my hours at work to make the 21 credit thing work. Because of that, I can still pay for this semester out of pocket. Also, it’s pretty telling to me that the the sheer volume of work I already have with 15 credits means that I’m not sure I would survive if I was taking 21 like I had originally planned.
In the past, I have been a pretty big supporter of paper planners, but I decided to switch to online calendaring for this semester to see how it does for me. So far, I absolutely love it, because not only can I visually plan out my days, but I can also put due dates for readings, quizzes, tests, and projects, and I can easily move them if necessary.
That’s what my schedule looks like for the following week thus far. I’m anticipating that this semester is going to ask the most of me, so here’s to hoping I don’t kick the bucket before December 17th.
I also live and die by my to-do lists, and so right now I’m playing around with the best way to keep a running list of the assignments I have to do mixed with my own personal, non-school to-do list. I keep my work to-do list completely separate, and that tends to work best if I write things down as they come to me. I’m playing around with the Tasks feature on gCalendar, and I’ve also been playing with the Any.Do app on my phone and on my MacBook.
Media Ethics // Okay, first of all, I was on the waitlist for this class since April 14th of this year, and I was only able to add it literally 2 hours before the first class of the semester. I wasn’t quite panicking, but this was the only section this class offered, and other class I could take in its stead would have been at a super inconvenient time for my work schedule. But I was able to add it, and I’m so excited! I suspect this class will be the most difficult of the five, but I find the concept of what is or what is not ethical and why to be absolutely fascinating, and this professor promotes a lot of discussion.
Theories of Communication Culture // I still don’t know really what this class is about, and I’ve never had this professor before, but she’s spoken in a couple of my other communications classes, and I absolutely love her. I actually specifically chose to take this class MWF instead of TTh so I could take this class from this particular professor.
Communication Research Methods // When I saw that I had to take this course to graduate, I wasn’t super psyched about it. I took a research class before, during my time at BYU-Idaho, and it was dry and did not leave a lasting impression on me. For that reason, I chose to take this class from a professor I had in the spring who I really liked. I could have taken this class TTh as well, but I also chose to take this MWF so I could take it from a more relaxed professor with whom I already have an established relationship.
Public Relations Writing // I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be my second-hardest class during the fall. The professor has straight-up admitted that he’s extremely tough about grading our papers, and I am absolutely psyched about that. I’m am a great writer already, and in the last six years, I have not had any classes that assign writing that I really struggle with, and I have not had any professors who make me stretch as a writer. I think the class might be a little boring, but if the professor is going to tear up my writing as much as he says he will, I think that’s fantastic.
PR Case Studies // This is my only online class this semester, and it’s going to be a ton of work. I actually was originally signed up to take this class last fall and I panicked and dropped it last year, so I jumped on the online class train as soon as I saw it was available. I’m okay if this class asks a lot of me, because I don’t have to commit to the 3 hours of class time on top of everything else.
So there we go. You’re all invited to my funeral if I die.