I survived the first week of classes! It was a long, interesting week, and I’m thankful I have 1 more day to recover and [attempt to] be productive. Thank goodness for Labor Day! =)
I’m taking 18 credits total: 12 from classes (Physics, Molecular Biology and Biological Statistics), 3 from research, and 3 from my teaching assistantship. (I’d rather get paid, but I’ll take what I can get. Besides, experience is experience.) I’m basically only taking classes with professors I already know, so I got a lot of “Hi, how are you? How’s the research going?” on the first day. It was kind of cool, and it definitely made me feel special.
For the most part, I like my schedule. I have no classes Wednesdays and only one or two most other days. Except Mondays.
On Mondays, I have two lectures and a lab, plus the lab I’m TA-ing It doesn’t sound that bad, but I’m in class from 11 am until 6:15 pm. Nearly 3 hours of that block of time is TA-ing, which is sandwiched between my other classes.
Which brings me to my students: they seem like a good group. Although they did have some trouble with metric conversions and logical units*… I’m trying to be forgiving about that, it was the first day of classes after all. I know close to half of them from other classes or clubs, and a few are older than me (both of these things make me feel a little awkward).
Now I just have to make it to September 11, when I present the results of my summer research project! The next week+ will be extremely stressful, but it will [hopefully] be worth it.
Be well, teach well.
* I’m not sure if this means anything to anyone but me. I mean having a sense of scale and, for example, knowing that nanometers is not the right unit for a measurement taken through a compound microscope.