- Forget about sleep – Don’t even worry about it. Between going to work for 8 hours, 3-4 hours each day dedicated to homework, and 1 hour (Monday – Thursday) for socializing with your significant other – sleep becomes overrated. That comfortable cooling mattress becomes obsolete in the 4-5 hours you spend resting your eyes.
- A social life is hard to come across and unnecessary – By the time the weekend rolls around you are too tired to even muster up the courage to put a bra on, let alone go out and socialize with people. Your brain is mush from the paper writing, the various meetings at work, and convincing your husband that you need new living room furniture (which he still insists you do not need).
- Household chores become just that a chore – Cleaning use to be a wifely duty until they actually started to become a chore. Why worry about cleaning when you literally don’t have the energy to put into it? It’s not like you have a social life and plan on inviting anybody over..
- Working out doesn’t exist – Can you run and write a paper? Can you read chapters 8-12 while practicing yoga? Skip it – plus, the hour in traffic on your way home from work takes a valuable chunk out of your workout time. You can’t squeeze it all in and workouts can come after school is finished with.
- Food must be fast – You have to realize that on some months your fridge may look like you are a single college student, living in a dorm room, and struggling to make ends meet. In all reality, you will be in your own home, too lazy to even fathom going to the grocery store, and scrounging to find the healthiest food in a 5 mile radius of your home.
The end is near, my last semester of grad school starts on Monday. A part of me is nervous, while another part of me has never been more excited about such an amazing feat. This journey started out with a passion for where I truly believe my career will take me and a little ambition to continuing learning.
Last night, I applied for graduation. If all goes well this semester, I should be graduating with my Master’s in Criminology with a perfect 4.0. In addition to finishing up this final semester, I have already submitted my application to volunteer with an organization I hope to steer my career path within the future.
Here’s to a full semester of pulling my hair out and working on my capstone project – a minimum of 25 pages never sounded better!