I started courses for my grad program this week. It feels fucking good to be a student again. It really took me taking a year off to realize how much I missed going to class (not just to teach) and to be on that learningstudyingreading vibe. Already there is a pile of readings waiting for me. It all needs to be done, but I feel like I have to pause and reflect on this moment in the beginning of my journey.
I’m excited, hopeful, I feel ready to get to work! In saying that, I want to make sure that I keep my purposeful intentions constantly on check and keep the productivity at a steady/healthy pace.
A few things that I’ve committed to myself in entering the master’s program:
-Be organized. Record everything, keep to-do lists and follow-through
-Balance work and home life. In the past, I found myself putting too much energy into work and neglected time with family and friends. I want to put in the extra effort to be engaging and present within all the spaces I consider important.
-Pack food! I will attempt to bring healthy and delicious “baon” everyday I am on campus. I will allow myself to buy a caffeinated beverage or other treats once a week.
-Werk! In terms of getting my shit done and still lookin’ cute. It just struck me while I was going to my first class that, damn…I am living out my dream. Not many know what they want to pursue or even have the opportunity. I feel so blessed to have the chance to do this. ”Work like your life depends on it.” Not just work, but bringing out your BEST work. “Strive to do your best in all you do so no one can say shit to you.” So WERK!
-Be humble. During grad orientations, the second year cohort came by to do a round table discussion of their experience in the program. When giving out advice someone said, “You may have been the most knowledgeable student in your undergrad classes that knew all the answers. Don’t come into seminars thinking that—there will be others smarter than you, especially at this level. Come in to the space with the attitude that you just want to learn and improve your research/knowledge/skills.”
-Accept that there will be difficult points and struggle, but there’s also joy and hope in the work being done.
-FUCKIN’ read, read, READ.
-Reflect. As much as it’s important to be submerged in work, I want to also make an effort to record my process and experience— the up’s and down’s—especially on here.