So…this week is pretty much my first week af madness this semester.  Here are the things I have to do in the next few days:

  • Write a research project proposal, including a literature review
  • Finish my homework for my english class
  • Study for an exam in Criminal Justice
  • Turn in my application for an internship next semester (along with letters of recommendation, an unofficial transcript, and a personal statement)
  • Read, read, and read some more

And this is just for school.  This week I am working a day more than I normally do, still have to get my lesson together for tomorrow night’s Bible study, pull together a band for this Sunday, and have to grocery shop.  Whew!

Needless to say, I am swamped.  Please forgive me for not writing until sometime next week, when my exam is finished and my homework is done!

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Last Tuesday was the first day of my senior year.  It’s a funny feeling, being almost done with such a major part of my schooling.  I don’t feel like a senior-it’s hard to believe that my undergraduate journey is almost at an end.  I think I learned quite a bit, although perhaps not as much as I would have liked.  This is the first semester I am not taking nay Psychology classes, and that feels pretty odd.  Instead, three of my classes are for my minor, Sociology, and two are ‘filler classes’ (that being classes I am taking to maintain my full time status).  Anyway, here are my thoughts on the semester after my first week of classes:

All of my instructors actually know what they are doing!  This is wonderful, since I have had many instructors in the past who, while they may be experts in their field, should not have been teaching.  I have had teachers who were terribly disorganized, or did not kow how to interact with students, or it was difficult to get hold of them.  At any rate, this semester should be one that is free of lost emails, date changes for tests, and misinformation.  A few of my professors even have extensive personal experience in the area they tech, like my Criminal Justice Administration professor, who used to be a police officer. 

The biggest thing I am worried about is all of the reading.  All of my classes require at least a chapter a week, and several of them want two chapters, plus supplementary reading.  My course in Women’s Studies is the worst.  The instructor expects us to read no more than two articles for every class meeting (typically the articles are 30+ pages long).  While I am an excellent reader, and I enjoy it, I am still worried about getting behind due to the sheer amount of it all.

Overall, I think this will be an exciting semester.  I know that it will be difficult , especially since this is my first semester taking Sociology courses, but I know I’ll make it through, and will be a better student and a more informed person for it.  I’ll keep posting about school throughout the semester!

Today was my first day off since finishing my Spring semester, which means it was my first day off without a sense of urgency since January.  To celebrate, I decided to do something I enjoy, but do not get to do often. I went shopping.

I went to Bookman’s to find some books to read over the summer.  After poring over various novels, I finally narrowed it down to three: Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient, Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic Ties the Knot, and David Levithan’s How They Met and Other Stories.  I can not wait to start reading again, after a semester of mostly textbooks and only a couple of good novels.  The only question is which one to start with???

After Bookman’s, I suddenly realized how close I was to a used furniture store.  Of course, I had to go in and take a look around.  I love old furniture.  I love the way used furniture stores are hodgepodged together like a maze, with new surprises around every corner.  Like the stone and glass chess set (yes it was missing two pieces, but that only added to the charm), or the tall bookshelf with the old white paint.  I loved the embroidered chair that comes with a tiny footrest, and the writing desks that fold down to reveal secret drawers.  I like the smell of furniiture stores-a combination of fabric, wood and memories.  There is always something unique and exciting, and I love searching for it.  I didn’t buy anything today, I simply spent the time wandering through the store, admiring the interesting pieces.

On a side note, our kitchen table was a used furniture find.  It is a funky little octogonal thing, with these fantastic chairs that have high backs, and it is wooden and sturdy.  I love it! 

After going to Bookman’s and the furniture store, I went down to Sunflower Market to pick up a few things, primarily peanut butter.  I love Sunflower Market mostly because of their great deals on produce, especially organic, as well as their great bulk selection of nuts and dried fruit.  I picked up some dried fruits and almonds to attempt to make homemade Lara Bars today, and I also bought some asparagus, which will go great with dinner tonight. And of course I didn’t forget the peanut butter.

All in all, I’d say it was a nice day off.  Now to get cooking!