Posted by: Josef Korbel School, Office of Graduate Admissions | November 3, 2010

8 weeks down, 2 more to go… Wait. ONLY 2 WEEKS?! Ack!

I’m beginning to realize that one of the most useful skills to have as a graduate student isn’t analytical ability, time management, reading quickly, public speaking, creativity, or any of the other ones that may come to mind.  Nope, the most important skill for surviving grad school seems to be writing–fast.  My usual method of “let’s stop and think about how I want to word this sentence for 10 minutes” just isn’t cutting it.  For those of us who work while attending school or are involved in many extracurricular activities, the ability to crank out 10-page papers in a weekend (including doing all the research) is crucial.  I have 3 papers to write in the next 2 weeks, which works out to be about 40 pages all together.  Am I worried?  A bit.  But I also know that at the end of those 2 weeks, all 3 papers will be completed and submitted, even if it means 4 hours of sleep a night and a gallon of coffee a day.  I’ve already warned my friends not to expect to see me for a little while, but of course all of them are in similar situations and will be turning hermit just like myself.

On the bright side, the light at the end of the tunnel is growing larger by the day.  The quarter is almost over!  Woo-hoo!  We all registered for winter quarter classes on Monday and I’m pretty excited about what I’ll be taking: International Human Rights Criminal Law, Politics of Deeply Divided Societies, and Religion and International Studies: The Apocalyptic Tradition.  After taking 4 classes this quarter, I’ve decided to save my sanity and take only 3 next quarter.  First and foremost, I’m here to learn, and I feel that by taking 4 classes I didn’t get as much out of each course as I was hoping to.  I hardly ever do the reading for my classes anymore– I simply do not have the time.  By reducing my course load next quarter hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with my reading a bit better.  We’ll see…αντίο!

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