“I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”
– 10 things I hate about you.
I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed at the moment, really excited and totally happy, but very much overwhelmed. I received my teaching assignments today. In addition to my four graduate classes that I’m taking, I am assisting with two undergrad classes. Which means I need to do the reading assignements for them and obviously go to the undergrad classes. I’ll be setting up the classrooms, in charge of attendence, grading papers and quizzes and posting grades. Also, towards the end of the quarter I’ll teach some of the classes myself. Bascially, I have six classes this semester. Oh my. Monday’s are really gonna suck, since I have a class that starts at 9am and my last class ends at 10:30pm. I have an hour here and there throughout the day, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to go home during the day. The bright side of Monday, will be the rest of the week should just get easier… and I only have one class and an hour of office hours on Fridays. Hooray!
More signs that I’m legit and this isn’t a dream… I received keys to the buildings I’m teaching in today. The graduate students have an office area, three desks and computers to share among the six of us. We also have shelves in our office, so we can leave books and materials, and our own mail boxes!
Now I need to sit down and redo my schedule with my teaching assignments and office hours mixed in, then figure out when (if) I have free time. I want to schedule in some yoga and spinning classes, plus time to run!
I told mom that I’m quite scared and anxious about my ability to teach classes and survive this workload, but so far I’ve been super on top of things and ultra organized. I just need to maintain that level of efficieny and not let myself procrastinate. Also, fake it till I make it!
Last night we had a department welcome BBQ and that was awesome. Everyone was able to meet each other in an informal environment and socialize casually. It made me feel so welcomed and took away some of the stress of meeting so many new people and being thrown into the theatre department here. I thought it was a great idea and I had a lot of fun.
I really like our group of graduate students. We are such a diverse group that I think discussions will be fascinating. We range in age from 21-36, we come from all over the world – Florida, Texas, Utah, Lebanon and Washington, and we have such varied backgrounds in theatre and life experiences. It’s so interesting!
I found out that I need to become a Washington resident, which I had misunderstood. I didn’t plan on switching my license, car plates or registration and now I need to go do all of that. Ugh. The hassle and cost of switching everything aside, I’m quite sad to give up my florida stuff. I don’t know why, I suppose I don’t feel like a Washington resident yet. I’ll be an imposter with the Washington license and tags. Not to mention, I’ll have to give up my FSU tag. I’m totally sad about that. 🙁 But who knows, maybe I’ll just stay in Washington and I’ll be saving myself hassle down the line.
I checked out two different local coffee shops in the past couple of days, Winegars and D&M. Winegars actually started out as an ice cream shop and just recently started serving coffee. I liked the atmosphere and the coffee, but I think D&M will be my preferred coffee shop. It’s a very green coffee shop, owned by CWU graduates who are highly supportive of the arts and I liked the coffee more! It also reminds me of a cleaner version of the globe. They serve food, all sorts of coffee and tea and have an ecclectic collection of furniture. All of us grad students actually walked there after our meeting this afternoon. It’s pretty awesome that downtown is within walking distance, if you don’t mind a small hike. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll walk down to the Taste of the Burg event on Main street. I think it’s about a 4 mile round trip, and man could I use the exercise. 🙂
Anyway, my spirit hasn’t been crushed yet… I’m still looking forward to classes starting and I’m embracing this new adventure. But tomorrow is my LAST DAY OF FREEDOM! AHH!
I continued to work on my apartment yesterday, so here’s a look at the progress. 🙂
These are postcards from all over and notes that people have written to me… It’s kind of my motivation area. I also found this postcard when I was putting them up:
While I’m not in Texas at the moment, I think my message to myself was effective. Maybe I should start mailing motivational notes to myself more often. Hah. “Get your life together. <3 me”
My totally sweet jewelry display area.
Here’s the latest incarnation of the calendar pages that A made for me back in 2005. They were on display in my Tally bedroom, my St. Pete bedroom and now they’re in Washington.
And my favorite little bugger, except when he’s flicking the doorstopper to annoy me or trying to climb the window screens. I’m looking forward to his lazy cat days… whenever they finally get here.