A New Normal


So yesterday was my first day of classes.

If you’ve been following the past few posts you probably know that my Monday class schedule is pretty intense- starting and nine in the morning and ending at ten at night. So I was nervous going into it: would I be able to keep up? Would I like the classes enough to make the effort?

So far the answer is a resounding yes.  Ambitious though my schedule may be: the time is going towards exactly the things I want to study. This is one of those perks to grad school that undergrad doesn’t get: being able to study the things you’re actually interested in: film production, transmedia, and comedy.

At the same time, however, I came to realize exactly how long it has been since I’ve been in a formal academic setting. I’m not used to sitting still for four hours at a time. To be fair most of the professors allow a break in the middle which is going to be SUPER helpful since no food or drink is allowed inside any of the classrooms. I didn’t think the no-food-or-drink policy would be a problem except that I am accustomed to working with a cup of coffee on hand and I feel weak and vulnerable without it.

But I have to keep reminding myself that it is a New Normal: that I’m not adding a few classes onto my existing daily schedule, I am replacing my normal daily schedule with classes.  As someone who is goal and routine oriented this takes a little bit of intellectual effort to come to terms with and I’m still weaning myself off the old schedule bit by bit. For example this morning I still got up and went for a run right away. I’m sure as soon as class projects start happening this will quickly fall by the wayside, but until then I feel better for having my morning routine intact.

Luckily for me my Monday classes are the most intensive day of the week. And my final class of the day is about comedy- so even though it’s work it also involves sitting watching funny movies after a long day of conceptual study. Now, today (Tuesday) I have only one course and it doesn’t start until the afternoon so I’ve had some time to play catch-up.

But on that note I need to be getting out the door to head to campus.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on August 27, 2013.

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