Well, our incoming class survived our first week!
I can’t speak for anyone else, but it’s been a rollercoaster of a week filled with an exceptional number of ups and downs. The stress about graduate studies is (a) it is sometimes (or often?) very confusing (for example: we are swimming in metatheory – normative, interpretive, dialogic, and critical – in our Interpersonal Comm Theory course…) and (b) it includes such a huge amount of work. In fact, we were told that if even we could work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there would still be too much work to be done in graduate school. The same person also recommended that when you’re having a rough time with classes, just ask yourself “Did anyone die?” No? Then you’re doing fine. This advice might sound a little discouraging. Of course we should work hard and always do our best. But the point is to not be too hard on ourselves and to still make time to do normal things.
So with that in mind, we celebrated an incoming classmate’s birthday last night and had a grand time 🙂