Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Decision Has Been Made: Spring Semester

As you know, I've been dithering about my schedule next semester.  I received some good opinions on both sides of the heavy load vs. really heavy load.  As I sat and let it all stew simmer, I could not get these thoughts out of my mind:

The picture of being free for the last few weeks of Marley's time in the K-3 multiage class.  She has been in this amazing environment for the last few years and I want to be there for the Lasts.  The last campout, the last field trip, the last author's tea.  If I am taking a research and methodology class in summer school, I won't be able to be there--not if I want to pass the class.

I waste more hours on any given day than there are in a day.  I know there is time in my life for this.  I've estimated that taking the extra class, along with doing the internship will be like taking 12 units of school.  Most of my friends in the program are working full time and taking six units. This is not climbing Mt. Everest.  It is more like having a full time job.  People do that every day and it is only for 16 weeks.  

Finally, I look to the summer and consider having 9-10 weeks off in between graduation and (fingers crossed) starting my teaching career as opposed to having 3-4 weeks off.

You see where this is going, don't you?  I am going to take the extra class.  I'm going to have to really look ahead to see what I can get accomplished over the winter break, including beginninga consistent exercise program.  It will take discipline. I made the decision yesterday after spending some time on the phone with a friend.  She knows me.  She knows my limitations.  That discussion was the little nudge that pushed me in the direction I had been leaning.

I can do this--for 16 weeks.  Just 16 weeks.

20 down, 10 to go


Anonymous said...

i didn't weigh in before because i felt you had to come to this on your own, but i think it is the right choice

AJU5's Mom said...

16 weeks isn't too bad. And think - time off! I think that will be a big enough motivator for you to get things done!

Julie Pippert said...

It certainly sounds like just the right thing to do. And whew, the relief having decided!

Aliki2006 said...

I bet you feel tons better having made the decision. And you're right, 16 weeks is so doable. You can do it.

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! For your school decision, and for my being back in the blogosphere. I put up a post in which I nominated you for an award! :)

Mel said...

I've no doubt you can do this.

<-- believes you'll get 'er done