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more work then hours

I’ve hit the point in the semester when everything is about to punch me right in the face. It’s at the midpoint so work is being due and it’s not just done in an hour work but things I have to spend real time doing. I’ve also gotten my thesis topic approved and have begun my primary research which is actually going to be fun since I’m looking at movies. Otherwise things have been going pretty well this past week in addition to doing a lot of work I’ve been having a lot of fun. I went to a basketball game, which Temple won! In addition, I went to a Philly Phantom’s hockey game, somehow we got amazing seats and were right behind the ice. On top of that I finally heard back from some grad schools, I got accepted into 1 and rejected from another, but I’m really really happy about the program I was accepted into since it’s one of my top 3 programs. Unfortunately I won’t be getting direct funding from them in the first semester but I will be able to continue working for a statewide project I’m currently participating in while at this new school so I won’t be completely without funding.

At the Basketball Game


At the Hockey Game


Look it’s the Mayor

Even though it’s only the 2nd week of the semester I’m already starting to feel tired and drained. I don’t think it’s because of my classes, although reading a book a week for my history capstone is going to take its toll, getting my grad apps together has been a loong process with very real deadlines and consequences, but happily they are 97% done! The only thing I have left to do is finalize my CV, finalize my personal statement for 1 school, and wait for some transcripts to arrive. The biggest thing I learned during this whole process is to always give professors lots of lead time; many of them had to rush to get the letters done for me and only finished them after I had reminded them that I needed them sooner rather than later.

On a completely different tangent I keep seeing former Philadelphia Mayor and Temple Alum John Street around campus. Mind you he is teaching a course this semester so it’s not like he’s just wandering around campus but it is odd to see someone who you’re used to seeing on tv just walking next to you, or in the same elevator as you. From what I’ve heard his class is pretty good even though it is early int he morning (8:40) plus he’s bringing in a lot of guest speakers which is always great since you learn what really happens not just the theory and how it’s supposed to ideally work out.

Tonight I was supposed to go to First Friday but since it’s raining cats and dogs I think I’m just going hang out in my apartment.