|"Amanda" in Chinese. My students are teaching me!|
For those of you not familiar, the Regents Exams are for every core subject (yes science and history included) that students must pass to graduate high school. New York State has administered this exam since 1866 but has modified it over the years. I really don't know the history of the Regents, BUT I know it has been around FOREVER. Apparently every year there is big talk that they are going to stop giving the regents, but I'm going to be a doubting Thomas on this one- I have to see it before I'll believe it.
pinteresting till 11pm, or watch TV ALL night if I wanted too." Then I realized: "oh... most people have families to take care of," which was then immediately followed by the thought of... "hmmm. well I don't. So I think I'll go take a nap" (and then I did in fact do all of the activities I listed)..
Anyway, my new hobby for the week became organizing my next semester! I'm actually a little nervous for it. I will be teaching health because most seniors still need it to graduate, I'm also going to also teaching a physics of sound elective, AND instead of only having 1 graduate class I will have 2 night graduate classes. My night classes are actually what scare me the most, that means 2 of my weeknights for planning are automatically shot, plus homework. Scary. :S
I'll be fine though. I am convinced NOTHING can be harder than my spring semester my sophomore year of college, when I took 3 physics classes plus 2 additional graduation requirement classes. First of all, that was just a dumb scheduling decision on my part in general (rookie mistake, rookie mistake). That was probably the first time in my life where I consistently worked over 80 hours a week. I swore to myself I'd NEVER do that again. It is just not a sustainable life style and made me incredibly moody and mostly unhappy. SO, if I can avoid that I'll be golden. I give props to all my friends now in physics grad school who now work those insane hours regularly and actually like it.
My goal for this next semester is to not go over 60 hours a week working or doing graduate work AND get 8 hours of sleep. It's going to be very tough, but it's amazing how much getting enough a sleep motivates me AND to see if I can actually pull it off. It's like a puzzle and I like to think I have decent time management skills... plus I'd also really really like to have a life. If I can stick to this plan that means I have 42 hours to "have a life" in.. unless I get my work done in even less than 60 hours!
So here's to being efficient and making every second count.