My sister, who is an excellent therapist, shared some tips about procrastination. Though they were meant for the Teenager, who is currently struggling with time management, I can certainly benefit from most of these tips myself.
This quarter my plan to take a grueling 16-credit load went from 12 credits to just 8. This was likely divine intervention because I’m finding half way through the session that 2 courses have given me enough to juggle. I’m not sure if I’m just burned out or if the courses themselves are challenging (Advanced Metabolism: Carbohydrates & Fats and Health Policy). In my dual masters program I’ve completed 50% more classes on the MPH side than the MS in Nutrition/Wellness side, and for good reason. The science end of it is kicking my butt. Not that policy and law is any less tedious, but it’s a different kind of challenge that entails the regurgitation of knowledge and then some. If that makes any sense.
Okay, so maybe it isn’t me. This is just some really difficult shit.
I was actually very disappointed when I realized I may be taking much longer to finish grad school than I had initially planned. I contemplated dropping the Nutrition component which would have allowed me to graduate this spring, with the MPH internship pending for the summer. However, in my undying search for the “why” behind everything related to health and fitness, I decided to stick to the dual masters. On top of that, my Nutrition advisor recommended that I take my time so that I don’t become too overwhelmed.
But she was right. The first year of grad school was a whirlwind. I need to take this all in so that I know I’m ready when this milestone is behind me. Right now many things are up in the air, simply because there are so many options. And that is a great thing. I never thought in a million years I’d be contemplating a doctorate but that may very well be the next step.
We’ll see. For now, it’s time to bury myself in academia once again.