Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Under the Gun

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment.  You want to know why?  I'll tell you why.

1. The first draft of my thesis is due is six (six!) days and I'm nowhere close to being finished with my revisions.  I submitted my thesis planning form a month ago, and I'm waffling about my story selection decision.  I'm almost certainly going to change it, but I really need to make up my mind because the draft is due in six days.  Of course, that may not matter, because ...

2. I lost my thesis advisor.  No, that's not quite right.  I don't have a thesis advisor.  I am the only person in thesis who doesn't have an advisor.  Oh, I had one selected, and I asked her very early on, but it's been a while since I've spoken with her or seen her, and I forgot to confirm with her before I turned in my planning form ... and I just found out that she's completely booked for the semester.  So I've requested someone else, a writer/teacher who I really respect, but I don't know if she's available or if she'd even be willing to work with me.  I've emailed her, as well as my director and the thesis coordinator, and I have as of yet to hear back from any of them. 

So if this teacher can't (or won't) be my advisor, I just have to take whoever they assign me to.  Which feels like such a waste, even though I'm sure it will be fine, all the teachers in my program are great.  I just feel like I've spent so much time in this program, I've put in so much extra effort with additional classes, that to have a random advisor seems so willy-nilly.

3. I signed up for an additional class (beyond thesis) this semester.  WHY DID I DO THAT?  Again, I'm sure that it will be fine, but the next week is going to be miserable with everything that's going on.

4. Work is insane.  I just have a lot of work-work to do, far more than what I can fit into a regular 40-hour work week.  This normally wouldn't be an issue, I'd just work some extra hours and take care of it, but this week I need every single hour I can find outside of 9-5 to work on my thesis.  Something has to give; my boss demands that work comes first, school demands that school comes first, and my brain demands sleep.

What's a girl to do?  First, she blogs about it - then she gets to work!

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