I was looking forward to a 6-week break in between sessions. It would have given me time to just sit and BE, which usually entails learning new choreography for my classes and binge watching something on Netflix. After all, the kids are starting school in a few days, the hubby will be at work, leaving my most productive hours in the day completely free.
But 6 weeks is long. Way too long. I was fortunate in that the two classes I took over the summer ended early thanks to enduring much pain and suffering in the final weeks, some of which involved working on some massive projects while my husband drove us through the Mohave desert twice while on “vacation”. My poor mother sat in the back seat in complete silence for fear of causing distractions, unbeknownst to her that when I’m under stress there is very little that can distract me. Needless to say, 16 hours of drive time from Vegas to Northern California and back were extremely productive. I earned my pool time and the seemingly bottomless mojitos.
In pursuing a double graduate degree, my total credit requirements went from 64 to 96. After 3 sessions, I’ve completed 28, which is not quite one-third. It would have made the most sense to start in the Fall, since that seems to be when people start new things, academically anyway. However, in keeping with my heightened productivity while under stress, I decided ASAP was a better option, prompting me to begin grad school immediately after acceptance into one of the two programs. Why not? Perhaps I’ve actually fallen in love with the rigors of academia because if given the choice between binge watching Game of Thrones and cranking out papers for public health ethics, both of which would require some serious commitment, I would honestly choose the latter.