December is upon us. I canít believe it! Only two classes left for the semester, one small paper, one big paper, and a huge reference project. I don¬ít know how I am going to get them all done. Juggling a reference class, a children¬ís lit theory class, a husband, and a toddler has been manageable for most of the semester. I did a fair amount of procrastinating from September-November, like any student, but nothing that would sabotage my productivity as fall draws to a close. Then why do I feel frozen in the pit of my stomach? I think it¬ís because I can¬ít figure out how to prioritize the steps and projects I have left. My to-do list is full ¬Ė full of half-started project pieces, half-highlighted essays, and half-read novels. I guess if I think of it that way, I¬ím halfway done? Everything will get done, eventually, and it will all be good work and submitted on time. That¬ís my mantra for the next two weeks until the end of final exams.
I started out writing this entry to encourage married parents and say that yes, you too can pursue two master¬ís degrees at Simmons College, but I just allowed myself to see how much I really have to do/freaked myself out. I should be reading! I¬ím sure I¬íll have more positive things to say on December 18th when this is all done. But for now, consider this a reality check. It¬ís not easy!