Monday, January 3, 2011

"This is Valry Hensel, our new graduate assistant."

I filed all of my paperwork, got two tours of the library, met 8,000 people, picked up my keys, met with Rox to file an independent study form, met with Dinara to get permission to join 152, then came home. I got everything done today that I planned to do, did several things I had hoped to find time for, and completed tasks I had not anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed my day, even though I have been under the weather and sleep-deprived, and I can't wait to start classes (and work) tomorrow!

I've gotten all moved in with Kat & Chuck. I've set my room up the same way I had it in my other place, but my bed is smaller/taller, and I got rid of my desk, so I've got lots more room. My bed is four feet high, and I have to use the couch as a stool to get on and off of it. I don't mind, though, because I've got enough room beneath it to store everything we wouldn't otherwise have any room for. I have lots of plans for shelves and decor, and I'm so excited to have a paycheck with which to buy such things.

Tomorrow classes start, and the best part about that is that, since I'm a graduate student, full-time is only 10 credits. I ONLY HAVE TO TAKE 2 CLASSES!!! I've been taking the max course load pretty much every quarter since I started college, and now I've only got to take two. I confess I was a little bit intimidated by the idea of taking 15 credits and trying to work 20 hours a week. When would I find the time to do my school work? History requires a lot of reading, and graduate-level history requires even more, so I admit, I panicked a little. But now everything is fine. I'll have a full quarter to adjust to my new schedule, learn the ropes at work, and then spring quarter I can add a third class.

For now I'm going to enjoy my last night of freedom by eating and watching YouTube videos. I highly recommend "Who Do You Think You Are?" It's a genealogy show, and I recommend watching Stephen Fry, Julia Sawalha, and Boris Johnson. BBC programming is superb!