It’s only the first week?!

My New Year’s Resolution was to blog once a week, and I just realized that if I don’t blog today, I’ll have already broken it! Not a good way to start out 2013.

This first week back in Raleigh and back at school has been crazy! Much different than last semester, for sure.

I’m excited for things to come. I found out yesterday that I will have an internship this semester, which means one less class (and one less term paper to write). I’m looking forward to getting started, since it’s in the area I want to work in (International Education) and there will be lots for me to learn. However, it’s in Durham so that means I need to buy a car. Like, now. I shouldn’t be writing this blog post, I should be out buying a car. Luckily I have my own personal car-buying assistant who knows much more about these things than I do, so I’m in good hands. 🙂

I’m also taking a class called International Higher Education, which I had last night for the first time. The professors (it’s team taught) seem really great and the people in the class are all people who are doing or want to do pretty much what I want to do, so I think it will be an excellent experience.

All in all, I think (and hope) that things will really come together for me this semester. There were times last Fall when I was sort of questioning my decision to leave Chile and move to a new place, but now I realize that Raleigh and NCSU is the place for me.

Just as a little extra icing on the cake, it’s supposed to be in the 70s this weekend! I’d just like to point out that it’s JANUARY! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! I don’t have THAT much homework to do, so I definitely plan on soaking up some warmth, and I’ll make sure to send some your way (unless you’re in Chile, then you probably have enough of that!)

 

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So close! So close!

Ladies and gentlemen…I am almost done with my first semester of grad school!

I have to say, apart from the INSANE amount of reading (I mean CRAZY amounts that no human could ever actually read in one week), grad school hasn’t been THAT much more work than undergrad. Granted, I went to a pretty demanding undergraduate institution (hello, Colby College, nice to see you), but yeah. Also, I’m not doing a research/thesis/dissertation type Masters, so it will definitely vary depending on your program/area of study/etc.

Did this blog post just turn into a career-center like advice column? Oops.

Anyway, since I’m so so close, I decided to share with you all what is between me and lovely New England. Turns out there are eight things.

1) Read over my 30 page research paper one last time. It’s done, just sitting there in my dropbox folder, asking to be read. Part of me wants to just submit it as is, but the perfectionist in me always wins in these situations.

2) Study my little butt off for my Economic Development exam, which is on Friday, and meet with my study group two more times.

3) Type up my Public Administration paper. Yes, type up. I just wrote the whole thing by hand LIKE A FIFTH GRADER because my computer kept randomly shutting down on me. Take that, computer, I’ll trade you in for a notebook and pen.

4) Pray to the gods of technology that my computer doesn’t die before Friday.

5) Go to a job interview on Thursday. For a summer job. Exciting!

6) Take said Econ exam. Friday, 1pm. The time of reckoning. (I’m really just being dramatic, I have a 94.5 average and I don’t think things could go THAT wrong, but let’s not jinx it by not studying, mmkay?)

7) Pack my bags!

8) Give Charlie lots of hugs and kisses because I won’t see him for about a month 😦 Poor baby. But he’s staying with my roommate, who is his second favorite person on earth, so he shouldn’t be too lonely.

What’s between you and winter or summer break?