In contrast to my past few entries, I promise this entry will to be of a much lighter tone.
When second year students warned me of the swiftness of the quarter system, I have to honestly say that initially I felt that they must have been exaggerating. Not being a person who is afraid to admit when she is wrong, I will gladly credit my colleagues when due. This spring quarter has sped by, expedited by a series of extreme and unavoidable life circumstances, and a rigorous course-load. Already in the sixth week of the quarter, the avalanche of work is just starting its roaring descent down the mountain toward the Korbel cohort. In my case at least, I have vowed to camp out in the library this week and get ahead of my work, but all of that is easier said than done. Thankfully, Penrose Library, after surveying students last quarter, modified its operating hours to remain open for 24-hours Sunday thru Thursday. Therefore, I will be burning the candle late into the night at Penrose. Last quarter, I remember staying until sunrise one morning and wearily trudging out of the library in amazement.
I was asked during the Discover Korbel event what a normal course load looked like, and how many courses Korbel students typically take. My course load is certainly not average. Since starting at Korbel I have taken four courses per quarter to take advantage of the flat credit rate, which in my mind was financially prudent and the most efficient considering my forthcoming Peace Corps departure. Managing time effectively is paramount to staying on top of all of the work, especially when working part-time. It is only at the end of the quarter when I realize how much of a strain four courses can prove to be. If I was not working, it probably would relieve a bit of the stress, but I have never felt it was impossible for me, I just have to work harder.
In addition to school work and work, I am organizing donation collection for the Alabama relief and recovery efforts, working to finalize an agreement to sublease my apartment for the summer, and completing summer internship paperwork while preparing to apply for fall internships. Somehow, all of this work will be completed before I head off to DC for the summer! Who needs sleep anyway?