Musings: Stress and Progress

It be time for my monthly musing again, and as usual, it’s mostly about school and proseminar!

First of all, to give you a book-y pic! I just re-arranged my bookshelf again to give room for some books I got lately, and I noticed how one shelf is absolutely taken over by history and literature and language! I already had a language shelf, with all my grammars and dictionaries and Latin books, but this new one is mostly popular history. There are a couple of novels at one end, but those will have to go once I get my Norton Anthology of American Literature back…

History and Literature

Last week was reading week, which means it’s not exactly a week off but we don’t have any contact teaching. I spent the first weekend in Amsterdam (I hope to get to that sooner rather than later in a separate post) and then, having upset my stomach with something I ate, a few days feeling miserable and uncomfortable and therefore unable to get much work done on my essay.

But it is progressing! I have background that needs trimming, and analysis that is for now keeping to the page count very nicely, although it will require some fixing too before long. The introduction and conclusion are a bit of a headache right now, because I should at least have an introduction done in a week’s time, as I need to hand in a presentation draft before too long. Yes, we’re starting presentations. I’m responding to one paper on Tuesday this week, and just commenting on two others, and I have had no time to read the papers. (Hence my stress; and we’ve got family coming over today. Fortunately it’s the kind of family I can excuse myself from and crawl into my room to work on everything.)

I should also be taking a last look on a literary essay that needs to be handed in tomorrow morning.

There’s simply loads to do: I got through to the second round in the exchange application process, and now need to apply to my target uni itself. My former summer employer has not replied to any mail I send them, and therefore I need to work on a bunch of job applications. On Monday starts a class on Post-modern Historical Novel, which will include two classes a week and three novels to read. Kay and I have enthusiastically volunteered to write a short article to a Uni magazine.

Right now it feels like I won’t survive the spring, but there is an incentive that keeps me working: if I can manage all this, if I work on it and endure the stress, I’ll get my Bachelor’s Degree by June. And believe you me, that makes me a bit giddy. A BA isn’t exactly the height of intelligence (and the proseminar has made me look at it as something that’s not exactly hard), but it is a degree and I can put that on my CV.

About six weeks to go before I have to hand in the candidate’s essay. Then it’s just a couple of exams, probably a study diary/essay or two, and, hopefully, work. Oh, and all the exchange arrangements.

But, above all, spring and summer will come, never mind what the weather is like now. (Sunny, but -15C.)

This was a couple of days ago...

This was a couple of days ago…

And I absolutely love the Finnish spring and summer.

The never-setting sun and all that.

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