Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Another First Day

First awkward orientation meeting down. A few more to go.

Today was my meeting with the Pscyh Graduate Program director. I have now spent two nights in my apartment downtown, in order to make it easier to commute to school - my place is about a 10 minute walk from campus. Things are looking good, my furniture is nice and the walls are finally painted the right colours. I'll have some pics soon.

I seriously have taken air conditioning forgranted. Ho-ly jesus christ on a cross. The humidity is oppressive and poor lil spoiled me is definitely realizing it. We are getting the tail end of Hurricane Katrina now, and it absolutely pissed poured rain today. Obviously it's nothing in comparison to somewhere like New Orleans, but it still was not pleasant. Water was gushing down the streets in rivers, and I arrived to meet my fellow grad students for the first time with my shirt gone see-through. Loooooovely.

As for my Masters, it looks like it's going to be interesting, but a lot of work - apparently around 50 hours a week when things get underway. This is far from surprising. The program director basically spent an hour and a half saying "This is not your undergrad. You have to be self-motivated and structure your own time" and made numerous analogies to monsters and food.

What's interesting is that we're discouraged from taking outside jobs. This is considered to be our job, though we are first and foremost students. Thank god I'm fully funded.

There's soft-ball and a BBQ tomorrow and I'm off to see an Alouettes football game on Friday, hopefully the weather clears. I now can't wait for the crispness of fall.


At 8:43 AM , Blogger Chorna said...

You'll be fine. My friend John has just finished his masters in Film Effects and he said it was the most hard-working time of his life but he LOVED every minute of it because this was what he loved doing.

You will enjoy it, I am sure, and being accepted shows they think you can do it, and the fact you enrolled means you think you can do it.

:) Hope the term starts well for you. I start my second year at uni in 2-3 weeks.

At 12:15 PM , Blogger Ian Edwards said...

Good luck Joanna! Hope you enjoy it all.

At 8:37 PM , Blogger Joanna said...

thanks, guys. Encouragement in any form is nice.

Good luck with school as well, Chorna!

At 5:51 PM , Blogger supine said...

Good luck! We are new to big scary master's programs at the same time. I wish there was such a thing as being "fully funded" in art though. I'm jealous! :)


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