This week has probably been the most trying in my entire academic career because it includes 5 papers on wholly unfamiliar topics and a lot of new and overwhelming information to absorb.  Additionally, I was assigned two very lengthy discussion questions that require tons of research and that nasty APA formatting that is graded so diligently, and by midnight tonight, I am required to respond a minimum of four times to other students’ discussions, and to do so with substantiation and citations. It is a lot.  I have been getting up at around 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. and working long into the night.

In all the difficulty surrounding this challenge, I reflect on how I felt entering this term.  I knew it was going to be tough and I laid awake night-after-night dreading (fearing) it, as the term approached. I simply didn’t think I could do it.  Each day,  I have slowly picked away at this week’s assignments, and feel as though I have read a mountain of research.  I still have much more to go before midnight on Sunday.  However, I am making progress and I know that barring an earthquake or major news event, I will finish.

The thing that has me so excited is that by the end of next week, I will be just past the halfway point for the term.  Whereas I originally doubted I would be able to do this work at all, I am almost half way finished, have maintained my 4.0 GPA and sometimes, have even had a day off….not frequently enough, mind you, but still…I just need to keep my nose to the grindstone and continue at this pace.   If I can accomplish this, I can accomplish anything.

So…books?  Here I come!