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post #21 of 125
I could use some support to stay on track this time
post #22 of 125
Hi mamas - i hope you're quarter or semester is going well so far (if it has started and if not, I hope you are still enjoying your break!). I have a dilemma that I'd love some feedback on.

I was really hoping for a TAship or readership this quarter and somehow was actually thinking I would get one. So I only signed up for 8 credits (fulltime for graduate studies) which is two classes. I didn't get any employment which means two things: 1) I'm broke and this quarter is going to be FUN! and 2) I'm feeling like a loser because I'm only taking two classes. I'm also going to attend a proseminar but I'm not going to take it for credit. The two classes I am taking are Theory A (sequence) and Statistics B. The statistics course has a lab also. There were other classes that looked interesting, but not interesting enough to do the work.

But, there is a class on grant/proposal writing that looks good and a couple of others I know are taking. It isn't too intensive I don't think and I would probably be a lot closer to having a MA proposal by the end. But...it is on Tuesday, the day of my night class, and I wouldn't see my girls until 8 o'clock that evening. I've had to do days like this before and they aren't fun for any of us. I'm a single mama so there isn't anyone else to pick up the slack.

Add to this the fact that I have kids in multiple extra-curricular activities, I'm active in the community right now, and I am doing some other wriiting. Do you mamas think I should feel at all guilty for not taking another class? Or, seeing as how I am NOT TAing, am I being foolish for not getting as much done as I possibly can?

Help! Thanks....
post #23 of 125
I think I'd like to jump in here too. I'm in my second semester of nursing school, taking maternal/newborn, pedicatrics, IV therapy and pscyhiatric nursing this semester. DH is in school full-time as well, attending University of Phoenix. He will graduate with his bachelor degree in business management in May and then start a graduate program in mental health counseling in August.

I hope to get some support and encouragement with accountability to complete the homework I know I should. Although I'm not sure how giving in to my addiction to the computer is going to help any.
post #24 of 125
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gradmama View Post
Hi mamas - i hope you're quarter or semester is going well so far (if it has started and if not, I hope you are still enjoying your break!). I have a dilemma that I'd love some feedback on.

I was really hoping for a TAship or readership this quarter and somehow was actually thinking I would get one. So I only signed up for 8 credits (fulltime for graduate studies) which is two classes. I didn't get any employment which means two things: 1) I'm broke and this quarter is going to be FUN! and 2) I'm feeling like a loser because I'm only taking two classes. I'm also going to attend a proseminar but I'm not going to take it for credit. The two classes I am taking are Theory A (sequence) and Statistics B. The statistics course has a lab also. There were other classes that looked interesting, but not interesting enough to do the work.

But, there is a class on grant/proposal writing that looks good and a couple of others I know are taking. It isn't too intensive I don't think and I would probably be a lot closer to having a MA proposal by the end. But...it is on Tuesday, the day of my night class, and I wouldn't see my girls until 8 o'clock that evening. I've had to do days like this before and they aren't fun for any of us. I'm a single mama so there isn't anyone else to pick up the slack.

Add to this the fact that I have kids in multiple extra-curricular activities, I'm active in the community right now, and I am doing some other wriiting. Do you mamas think I should feel at all guilty for not taking another class? Or, seeing as how I am NOT TAing, am I being foolish for not getting as much done as I possibly can?

Help! Thanks....
Personally, I don't think you should worry about taking it easy. That's what I did last quarter and I really needed it. Of course you want to finish school, but you still have a life to live and just one at that. I don't think you're being foolish at all! In fact, I think that is a really smart idea.
post #25 of 125
Gradmama - I would take it as a sign that the universe thinks you should take it easy this semester.

Sorry I've been MIA and not very supportive of my studying mommas this semester - I've been swamped hehe. I finished my winter interssesion course last night and I have to say that was the best decision I made. The course was developmental psychology and it lasted 2.5 weeks and was a full three credits. The teacher isn't done grading our last two observations but I'm pretty much guaranteed an A.

As an additional perk, I put the textbook up on half.com last night and it sold within 30 minutes for $24 more than I paid for it. I used bookfinder.com to find the best price for it when I ordered it but just put it up at half.com for a dollar less than the other books there even though it was cheaper at amazon.com and other sites. Yay for me some people don't search very much and it sold.
post #26 of 125
I tried to study for the first time today and found that DS pretty much has to be napping for me to get anything done. I only taking General Psych, so it shouldn't be that difficult to get everything done.

Unfortunately, my need for DS to nap seems to inversely relate to his propensity to nap.
post #27 of 125
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Unfortunately, my need for DS to nap seems to inversely relate to his propensity to nap.
Absolutely true here.

Yesterday I was able to study for about 2 hours between classes. This quarter I made sure I built study time in to when DS was being care for by someone other than me. So hopefully that should alleviate some study time stress.
post #28 of 125
I leave the house to study, with the 3 lil yahoos it's what works. When I couldn't leave, I just waited until they went to bed and studied then.

I got my last book today on Research methods, not the most captivating work. But, I can do my homework! Saturday evening study group starts tomorrow, we're trying to get on track early this term. One class has homework due every week on top of the huge projects. Yuck.

I've done most of my reading for the week, just need to knock out the research reading. I have 2 assignments due next week, I'll write those up tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a productive weekend!
post #29 of 125
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Originally Posted by pinksprklybarefoot View Post
I want in! I am going back to school after a five-year absence. I start today, part-time.

It just occurred to me a few minutes ago that I might actually need to bring something along to take notes with! I am wholly unprepared for this. I am so out of my realm now.
I am in the exact same predicament! I've finally decided to go back to school and finish what I started 12 years ago. Wow, I can't belive that it's been that long since I graduated from HS! I am going back part-time because I'm afraid of "biting off more than I can chew" seeing that I couldn't motivate myself to study 5 years ago when I didn't have any other responsibilities. The thought of going back now that I have an infant and a 2 year old is so daunting. But the stakes are different now, I'm not just going to school because it's what's expected of me, I'm going back because I want to make a better life for myself and my girls. I hope to be an active participant of this thread, though I still have a couple weeks before my semester starts.
post #30 of 125
I am so UNMOTIVATED! I just don't want to do my work.
post #31 of 125
I used to be better at tuning out background noise from a full house. Lately I am having a hard time doing that. I finished the first lesson, now, do I review or move onto lesson 2 ....
post #32 of 125
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Originally Posted by MamaChel View Post
I am so UNMOTIVATED! I just don't want to do my work.
Do it!

Okay that was so unmotivational, I am right there with you though. I forced myself through my first assignment and lab but have to work on my statistics assignment and study for the final in that class.
post #33 of 125
I'm in a study group and we're all having the same issue: we just don't care today. We'll get the assignment done but we don't have to like it.
post #34 of 125
oh i SO need this.

School starts tomorrow and I've yet to finish writing my syllabuses, nor have I even looked at the book requirements for the class I'm taking.

I have GOT to finish my thesis this semester, or at least by this summer. I just have the worst time trying to write when dd's around. She's so active and fun and I no longer have "a room of my own" - I guess I'll just spend more time in my office at school.
post #35 of 125
Thread Starter 
Hey all, how was your weekend? I procrastinated as usual and then when I actually started on the homework, I realized that it is going to take me A LOT longer than I thought. Oopsie. Luckily my dad called and is in town so I can probably pawn DS off on him tomorrow for some grandpa time. I so can't wait to be done with this quarter already.

You are right Mamachel, I'll get done with the stuff but I don't have to like it!

Welcome to all the new folks!
post #36 of 125
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Originally Posted by pranamama View Post
I used to be better at tuning out background noise from a full house. Lately I am having a hard time doing that. I finished the first lesson, now, do I review or move onto lesson 2 ....
Move on! If you have more time later you can always look back at what you did. Or if not, at least you got #2 done. That's what I would do anyway!
post #37 of 125
My weekend was good - I ended up getting my homework done yesterday like a good girl. Like you ladies, I did it but I didn't have to like it hehe.

My three new courses started today - they are all online so I've spent the past few hours reading through course information. My Introduction to Buddhism is a condensed course - five weeks long. I have an essay due weekly. At least it is a topic that interests me. It looks like I'll have my nose buried in one of the four Buddhism books required for the class.
post #38 of 125
I just realized that one of my classes has the equilivent of 3 two-page essays due weekly.

I am so screwed. But, on the bright side, I have an "excuse" to fall into my books this term. Sigh......Back to work.
post #39 of 125
Wow mamas! We are already all so busy huh? I sat in the "wrong" place in the first class and got stuck with the task of facilitating the discussion the second week. In a theory class! At least I have a partner who already got his MA at another university so he's had to facilitate discussion before...but I'm up late writing out themes/questions so we can compile them. I'm not really worried about it, just tired.

Thanks for the advice about the extra class - I'm not taking it. I'm doing just fine on the busyness scale too, especially with Dd11 playing on two basketball teams right now. It would have been foolish......all things work out .... all things work out

back to work. I'm not individually replying - but I'm in support of all of ya!
post #40 of 125
Gradmama: I feel your pain. We've been facilitating discussions for the past 3 terms and it's never fun. On average, I've had to facilitate 4 discussions per term in my core classes.

Finished the assignments due TODAY. When I get home tonight (10pmish) I'll need to finish tomorrow's assignments. Sigh.......

Off to work and school.
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