Monday, May 13, 2013

Adios, Spring 2013!

The spring semester is thankfully, blessedly, mercifully over! Today is the grading deadline, but I got all of my grades into the system on Friday. I also packed up my little office and labeled the boxes (our building is under construction because it's getting a facelift/spacelift and because the building has asbestos). The only thing I had left for today was to update Digital Measures and answer a few emails from students. That's it! I'm done and it's been a good semester, only busy. But then, show me a semester that's not busy. I mean, seriously and the end of the semester is always the hardest since there's so much to do and so little time to get it all done. Somehow, though, I always manage to pull through, at which point I'm stuck looking back wondering how the heck I pulled through! Happens every time.

This semester, I've also had school again, which has made things even crazier. One of my classes was only 8 weeks, which was nice, and one of them I managed to get done with fairly early, but my finance class was an absolute beast! Since the class was comprised of three modules, there were three finals in one weekend--accounting, finance, and economics. We also had to take the finance module midterm the weekend before that. I honestly don't think I've ever been so happy to be done with a class before. And maybe I've said that in the past, but I hadn't taken this class yet. Seriously!

Fortunately, when I emailed my professor about my grade--he said we could and, also, I'm super paranoid--he said that he's recording a B for my grade. Amen! I passed. I've seriously never been happy with a B before. If you remember, or maybe didn't know, after taking the midterm for accounting I was pretty certain I'd failed this sucker. I wish I'd realized how much more there really was to do after that midterm, I might not have worried over it so much. Maybe I should have spent more time looking at the syllabus? Yeah, that's a no brainier.

So I made two A's and a B. I'm fine with that. That's a 3.67 for this semester, so my 3.82 GPA won't take much of a hit. Matt only had the two classes this semester, and he'll probably also make a B in finance, so his first semester GPA will be fine, too! I'm so happy for him. Grad school is really something he wants for himself and he really needed to do well this semester to make a go of it. He's done that, so all's well and we both go on!

We're taking 9 hours in the summer and six in the fall. Or, I am, at least. I don't think Matt's decided yet. He may do it the other way around because the summer is always short on time and he works full time. Either way, after the fall semester, I'll only have two classes to go which means I'll graduate in May 2014. By the time I'm done, this will have been the quickest grad school experience of my life. It's going to take Matt a little bit longer to finish, but not too much. Maybe a semester or two, which is fine. It'll depend on when classes are offered and how many he takes per semester. I had six hours of grad credit coming into the program, which is why I'm slightly ahead of him.

Anyhow, I'm super thankful that the summer is here and that means no work for me. I go back in the fall to 3 courses (about 75 students). That's one course more than I've had this semester so it'll be slightly more challenging, particularly since one of those classes is English 1301 and two are 1302. I'll have two classes for which to prep materials and I'm actually looking forward to it!

As of now, I don't have any summer plans, except to focus on my classwork and to, maybe, do Camp NaNoWriMo (NaNo in July!). I don't know. I've never had a whole lot of luck with the NaNoWriMo thing, so I'm not sure I want to spend my summer doing that. We'll see. Now, I have to go wake Matt and see if he can be enticed to take me out for dinner. For now, adios!