Graduate Ruminations

There are so many things I am thinking, saying, doing for graduate school and classes haven’t even started!

GMU Bookstore
First and foremost, I snagged a part-time gig at the GMU bookstore. It’s a B&N College store, so there are lots of regular B&N books to shop for, GMU swag (the cutest baby hoodie EVER), and every text book you could imagine—and I’ve stocked them all. It’s been a great way to get to see the campus and learn a but more about where I’m going to school.

Plus, the staff are great—super helpful and really welcoming. They hire dozens of new hires for the fall rush, but I’m hoping they’ll keep me on throughout the semester. It would be great to close there a few nights a week and get a little extra money. Chris and I don’t need it per se, but it would be helpful. If it means the difference between staying in on a Saturday night or going to see the new movie, I’d love a few extra dates here and there.

Schedules
Which brings me to my next point, I miss Chris. My schedule is already crazy. His schedule is already crazy. These are both great things, but we are turning into ships in the night. Chris landed a very sweet volunteer gig as the Asst. Offensive Coach for the Chantilly Vikings (part of the Chantilly Youth Association). He has a hat, a whistle, and everything. I’m so proud of him. We are both starting the paths to our dream gigs! But the path means he has football practice every night of the week during August, and I’ve been picking up bookstore shifts most nights, too. We are worn out.

Once classes start, I know things will settle down. I’ll have class three nights a week, and he’ll only have practice a few nights a week, so we’ll be able to have dinner at home instead of packing our lunch boxes every morning.

CLASSES
And the question du jour: when do you start classes? August 25th. I’m taking two. I’m taking three. I had wanted to sign-up for Engh 608, a lecture class called Marriage. It was originally full, so I signed up for two classes instead of taking a third I didn’t have any interest in taking. In turn, it was going to mean I would have to take a summer class. Now, it seems two spots opened up!

At first, I was worried that a full load (9 hours) + TA work would be too much my first semester, but then I started to worry that there wouldn’t be any good lectures in the summer. It seems pretty dead around here right now.

Hopefully, it won’t be too much. I’m staggered by the reading list for my first two classes already.

English 566: Forms of Fiction

Selected StoriesThe Mayor of CasterbridgeThe OdysseyA Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManThe Poems of Robert FrostThe Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex / Oedipus at Colonus / AntigoneEast of EdenTo the Lighthouse

Share book reviews and ratings with Sarah, and even join a book club on Goodreads.

English 660: The American Novel Plot

The VictimMy Antonia / O Pioneers!Play It as It LaysAn American TragedyA Visit from the Goon SquadThe Sound and the FuryThe Love of the Last TycoonA Farewell to ArmsThe Naked and the DeadFar TortugaEast of EdenThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnAll the King's Men

Share book reviews and ratings with Sarah, and even join a book club on Goodreads.


My reading muscles will definitely be stretched out after this semester. And I’ve already made friends with all the nearby Starbucks (and earned my first free coffee there.) I’ll try to update more often, but until then, I’m going to clip coupons and watch the first episode of Outlander. It’s my second favorite book series, and it’s being made into a TV show on STARZ. The first episode is free online, but read the book first.

More soon,

<3 Sarah

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