Sunday, September 8, 2013

A week in the life...

Sunday night, the last day of the weekend.. Boo is asleep and I'm sitting here watching the Cowboys play (What a crazy first half... be ok Romo please!). But wait, Monday is coming... can you feel it?! ::cues up Jaws music:: Now that Monday has reared it's ugly head I'm in full blown planner mode. Tonight let's take a look at a typical week schedule for a graduate student:

Graduate Student Schedule 

(based on my schedule, but while the exact days each of these things occur on, the amount of work is fairly consistent for most graduate students)

Monday

  • Attend TA meeting so you know what is going to happen in the lab you teach this week
  • Squeeze a short experiment for your own research in your own lab
  • Attend your class as a student 
  • Squeeze in another half hour or so of research in your lab
  • Homework: Read papers/write in your dissertation/process data/study for class/prep for teaching 

Tuesday 

  • Relish in the 6 hours of uninterrupted personal research time in your lab (fight for elbow room with the other students in the lab)
  • Attend lab meeting with the rest of your lab mates to discuss what you've done and what you need to do
  • Homework: Read papers/write in your dissertation/process data/study for class/prep for teaching 

Wednesday 

  • Work in the lab on personal research
  • Attend your class as a student 
  • Homework: Read papers/write in your dissertation/process data/study for class/prep for teaching 

Thursday 

  • Teach 4 hour lab to undergraduates 
  • Get a few hours to work in lab (maybe)
  • Homework: Read papers/write in your dissertation/process data/study for class/prep for teaching  

Friday

  • Formal lab meeting, someone has to present their research for an hour (food provided by Profs so you're excited unless it's your week to present then you'll be so nervous you won't be able to eat so won't matter!)
  • Departmental seminar (required)
  • Spend afternoon fighting for equipment as everyone tries to squeeze in one last experiment before weekend
  • Homework: Read papers/write in your dissertation/process data/study for class/prep for teaching   

Weekend

While most of us would like to say we spend time reading, writing, data processing, studying etc. We honestly goof off 80% of the time unless there is an exam, presentation, or our lab meeting coming up in the next week. After all we are graduate students!

Now I'm not a typical graduate student. In addition to my Grad Student hat, I also wear a Mommy Hat. So let's look at the typical Mommy schedule

Mommy's Schedule

Monday - Friday

  • Wake up and spend a good 20 - 30 minutes fighting kid out of bed 
  • Get kid to eat breakfast
  • Make and pack school lunch
  • Make sure kids backpack is packed
  • Make and pack Mommy lunch
  • Run out the door, a few minutes late, and drive crazed to kids school to get him there on time
  • Go to work, and work.
  • Pick up kid from afterschool care
  • Help kid with homework
  • Make dinner
  • Play with kid 30-60 minutes
  • Bedtime War.. err Routine begins (fight kid through shower, brushing teeth, read books, tucked in)
  • Clean up the living room
  • Do the dishes

Once a week

There are some extras that occur throughout the week such as school projects, laundry, housekeeping, etc.

Weekends

  • Play with kid
  • Watch movies/play video games/go to zoo/go to pool
  • Shopping for the week 
Now imagine combining the two schedules you see above and that's my typical week! Oh and somewhere I need to squeeze in sleeping and showering. There are not enough hours in my day! 

Go Cowboys! 

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