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9/12/11 1:35 P

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We only have 1 year for our theses also, assuming a full-time schedule since our program is 2 years long and we don't start the theses until the second year. I am not sure if I will do one or not though, since I am applying to the PsyD program again and if I get in the thesis will be unnecessary. If I don't, I will have to because then when I apply AGAIN it will be after a year of not being in school.

Beginning week 3 of classes today. So far I'm really enjoying it and the stress level is manageable. So far. I have been super exhausted and I'm hoping it's just due to transitioning but it's been a good month of fatigue so that's really taken a toll on my exercise. I have managed to still lose, and eat healthy, but I'm going to bed super early - basically, on non-school nights, at like 5 or 6pm! Sometimes later if I force myself to do stuff. On school nights I don't get home until 9 or 9:30 so I am really struggling to make it through classes, even though I like them. I am hoping this week is better as far as tiredness goes, because I basically had to spend all weekend holed up in my office reading material due to sleeping during the week when I should have been reading. Otherwise, I'm not TOO anxious about school at this time.

Ask me in a few weeks though, when the workload gets really crazy :)

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9/6/11 7:58 A

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I met with my professor on the first day of classes, and he told me I had to overload on classes this semester in order to graduate in May. I'm not sure when I'm going to fit in the gym whole taking 17 credits, starting my thesis, and all my volunteer work. I'm going to be having to be making some wise food choices.

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9/1/11 10:04 P

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Just met with my advisor today, and she explained what my research/thesis will be. I have to finish it in 1 year (the 2nd year of my master's program is devoted to rotations...I'm in dietetics/human nutrition), and she wants it to be publishable in a year!! Whaaa? I'm excited about what I'll be doing (basically making fish sticks that have fat blockers in them so when they are deep fried, less fat is absorbed) but a YEAR is freaking me out when most master's students have 2-3 years to finish their thesis.

Anyway, in the freetime I do have, I walk to campus-- 17 minutes there, 17 minutes back...about 2x a day. That's like an hour of walking uphill/downhill. I also usually go on a 30 minute walk at night to calm myself down and de-stress...sometimes I bring an iPod, sometimes I just think. Usually helps me unwind AND get in some good exercise.

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8/23/11 8:42 A

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Sorry for the late response - on my own post, nonetheless! I am a clinical psychology Master's student. I made it down to the last cut for the PsyD program and didn't make it in, but I honestly think the Master's schedule will work out better for me, in regards to time, stress, and finances.

Orientation is in a couple of hours. I got up extra early, hit the gym about an hour earlier than usual, got to work about 30 mins earlier than usual, and am trying to get everything under control so I don't have to worry about it when I get to campus. I'm the type of person who will tell my coworkers, "I'm out for the afternoon at school. Don't call but text/email if you need something." Then I will answer those requests if they come. The good thing is, my coworkers really do respect that I am a student and won't contact me unless it's necessary. But, since I run all 3 offices and basically keep everything from falling apart... I am necessary.

That's what's on my mind today :) In other news, I have received 2 of 5 syllabi so far and should receive about 6 of my 11 textbooks in the mail today. That's always good for some nerdy excitement.

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
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8/17/11 4:50 P

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part of me is excited to restart--i want to get on with things for sure and it'll help end some of the uncertainty of how heavy my workload is going to be this semester (admittedly, there's going to be a lot, but balancing student org stuff is the toughie, too). that and more access to campus and the school gym is gonna be the clincher.

on the other hand, i could totally use another week--i need to get my computer up to specs (and better than that, at least til i get my new one built).

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8/11/11 3:11 P

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Congrats on getting into grad school! What are you studying?

For me, the best way I deal with stress and making sure I get my exercise and studying in is routine, routine, routine.

I like to block out a good part of the morning to have breakfast and read for my classes. (History, lots and lots of reading) Then I would go to my French class, hit the gym immediately afterwords, and then do lunch. My history classes are almost always afternoon/evening classes, so I would either go back to campus if I had gone home for lunch, or stay there if I packed it, and do some more school work. Classes ended anywhere from 6 to 8 at night, depending on the class, when I'd go home and make dinner.

Working definitely threw a wrench into my days sometimes, but I learned how to work around them. The key for me was bringing my own food so I wasn't tempted to eat school market food. Its so overpriced anyway. My grad lounge has a refrigerator, so that was perfect.

Family driving you crazy... that's a little harder to predict!

I'd say, if you can, go to campus a few days before school starts and just wander around for awhile. It'll make you feel less overwhelmed the first day when all the students pour in.

Good luck!

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8/10/11 8:13 P

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First semester of grad school starts on August 29. I'm so anxious I can't believe it. I'm normally the geek who school shops the first day the stores put materials out, collect all my syllabi immediately, color-coordinate my books, notebooks, highlighters, etc., begin reading my books early, and count down the days before school starts.

This year, I'm excited. I bought a new planner (that's the first and most important item I buy). I am starting a new school after 8 years at another one so I have no idea where to find my online syllabi, or if my professors even put them up. My books cost so much money I have no idea how I'm going to get them before school starts. And I am counting down the days - but not with the same emotions I used to.

I have switched my workouts to mornings since I will have night classes 3 days a week, but I'm finding the stress of worrying about how I'm going to work and attend class, let alone study, find time to drive to and from the new campus, and - oh, yeah! - SEE my family... is driving me crazy.

Any other nervous nellies out there? And if so, how are you dealing with keeping your food plan and exercise on track while preparing for a new semester?

Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
-- G.K. Chesterton

You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.
-- C.S. Lewis

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
-- Ghandi

The trouble is, you think you have time.
-Buddha


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