So, let’s see.
Turns out, this quarter is going to be really hard. Harder than I expected. Lots harder.
My schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays runs from 8:40 am to 6pm. There’s a break from 10:30 to 1:20, in which I go to the gym and study. Tuesdays I’m in class from 9:20 to 7pm, with a break from 4 – 6, which I again fill with the gym and studying. Thursday, I have class from 9:20 to 4, and I’ll be trying to go to the gym after class. I might just come home and exercise at home.
Friday, I don’t have class.
Physical Chemistry has homework due every Friday, homework which is difficult, especially as the teacher doesn’t do any example problems in class, and it’s very much not clear which of the many extremely complicated (but often very similar) equations we’re supposed to use for the different questions. Some things I could sort of figure out, but I didn’t do well on the first homework. I have heard from at least one other person that they’re finding it hard as well, which I must admit makes me feel a bit better about not following the material immediately.
The Programming class is harder than I’d hoped – which is good, really, but it makes the class difficult. Luckily, C is a programmer, so he can help (and he does help, thank goodness), but there are so many things the previous teacher didn’t really cover and to which I wasn’t paying quite enough attention to be able to use the earlier stuff easily now. I’m not the only one struggling here either, which is a relief. Also, once I learn a thing, it pretty much sticks, so I can keep moving forward. I think I’ll be okay here, but there’s a lot of work to do – typing and careful spot-checking and stuff, and my compiler isn’t working right, so I’m having to use DOS to check my work, which is a large bit clunky.
Microbiology is going to be work, but it’s surprisingly less hard than I expected. It’ll get harder, I assume, but for now, it’s just swabbing plates and microscopes and stuff. I have to catch up on my lab notebook and keep it up because I won’t have time to catch up if I fall behind, but really it’s just the sort of work I’m used to. I wonder if I should read ahead a bit in the text, see what’s coming up.
The PCR and DNA class is exciting! We’re doing real stuff – the teacher’s having us do independent projects and has shown me a cool website where I can look for genetic connections to different diseases/issues/whatever, so I can see if there’s a connection to migraines, which is one of the things I’d like to try working on.
The seminar course looks interesting as well, but this quarter it will require more work than last.
By Tuesday evening I was already tired and I was exhausted by Thursday. This is going to be a long quarter. Ugh.
I think, if I’m careful with my time management during the breaks in classes, I can get some stuff done during the week. Keeping up with the lab notebook should be easy to do then. The teacher wants us to do them on loose-leaf paper in a binder (I find this distressing). But I can easily bring some paper and write out the work for the next week. Or maybe I should try working on the Physical Chemistry homework.
Anyway, I want to get some nice relaxing knitting done now. I spent half the day sleeping in with C (oh god, sleeping past 7am felt so luxurious) and the next half doing programming work.
Chinese food for dinner and now beer, silly movies, warm cats, and knitting.