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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back in Black

I just finished my first week back at school. This semester looks like it is going to be so much better than last, curriculum-wise. I have not hated any of my reading so far, and I have only been somewhat bored in my ethics class (and that probably won't change), but everything else is holding my attention pretty well. I am even getting pretty intellectually excited in some of my courses, like copyrights and constitutional law II.

I have a slightly heavier load than last term -- with 16 credits instead of 14. But I will have the same number of exams (5) and one 15-25-page paper, which is basically the same load in terms of my output. In terms of input, only slightly more reading will be required, but I think as my reading interests me more, it shouldn't be like pulling teeth to get my assignments done this time around.

My schedule is kind of wonky time-wise, as predicted. The hardest part is going to be Tuesdays going into Wednesdays, because I have two evening courses Tuesdays nights that will lead directly into three morning courses Wednesday mornings. Essentially that means that by Tuesday night I have to have read for 5 classes, because there won't be much time to do anything in between. I'm trying to solve that problem by reading through Tuesday's assignments over the weekend, but I was still one class behind my optimal reading schedule this week, so I may modify that to reading through one Wednesday class over the weekend. Then once Wednesday is done, I don't have class again until 8:PM the following night, and between that time I only have to read for one more class that week and I guess any extra I want to pick up for the following week.

It's a really odd schedule, but it kind of gives me a nice combination of feeling rushed followed by getting to chill out for a bit, instead of feeling moderately tense all the time. I think my body might like that better. I only have to get up "early" (read: for a 10:30 class) twice per week, then I get to sleep in every other day, which I love. I also get to spend more time at home during hours where I get the house to myself and can focus more on my reading. And just being able to sit around in my PJs drinking tea and eating eggs on toast is pretty splendid compared to sitting in the always over-air-conditioned-even-in-the-middle-of-god-damned-winter student lounge eating a $6 turkey sandwich with questionable "meat" trying to get work done when there's always someone who wants to chat.

So, I'm liking this very much so far, thank you.

Let me say, it is a relief. After last semester I feared the first year I might have been sipping some koolaid that made me think I was having an ok time. But now I think maybe I can still have an ok time, provided I have classes that don't make me think of creative ways of offing myself.

On another note, grades are due next Tuesday (so next week's post might be sprinkled with a few tears, pending the results of my Sales Contracts final), but already two of my grades are posted, and they are good. A- in Copyright History and B in Administrative Law. That puts me ahead in terms of what I expected to grade, so I really can go ahead and get a D in Sales and still be ok. God forbid, because I really will cry, but it will still all be ok.

Stay tuned.


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5 comments:

Sovknight said...

Proud of you.

You always assume worse than you get, which is an interesting perspective. I do the same thing, that way I'm never surprised when the worst actually does happen. Benjamin Franklin had that attitude, and I think I learned it after hearing a quote from him.

I don't imagine law school to be the type of place where you get all the crap out of the way for the first three years, then breeze through the fourth. It's probably balls to the wall all the way though, but that just means those first breaths after it's all said and done will be super-sweet. (Then you take the Bar.) It sounds like your determination is as strong as ever, and that's always a good sign. May your year be learned and eventful!

Sra said...

Well, the Sales thing might not be me assuming the worst -- we shall see. In my first semester, I did worse than I thought I would, and so maybe now it's a way of prepping myself for that kind of surprise so that anything unexpected will be a pleasant surprise rather than a bad one. But law school exams are so unpredictable anyway that maybe it's just wise to assume you bombed everything. Oh, and I only have 3 years, not 4. (Thank god!)

heidikins said...

Rockstar! Congrats on the great grades!

I have class Tues, Wed, Thurs and I am already sure that it's gonna be a hellish semester. I hope your new schedule gives you some relief from the CrAzY.

xox

heidikins said...

Rockstar! Congrats on the great grades!

I have class Tues, Wed, Thurs and I am already sure that it's gonna be a hellish semester. I hope your new schedule gives you some relief from the CrAzY.

xox

Sra said...

Well, the Sales thing might not be me assuming the worst -- we shall see. In my first semester, I did worse than I thought I would, and so maybe now it's a way of prepping myself for that kind of surprise so that anything unexpected will be a pleasant surprise rather than a bad one. But law school exams are so unpredictable anyway that maybe it's just wise to assume you bombed everything. Oh, and I only have 3 years, not 4. (Thank god!)

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