Sunday, June 29, 2014

Goodbye Summer (and personal life)!

You can tell I've been excited about starting my doctorate by the fact that it is 6:51 AM on a SUNDAY and I am not only awake but actually coherent. Apparently, my brain was ready for some stimulation. (Brain and I will be having a discussion later about the whole "sleeping in on Sunday" thing -- meaning, I'm not supposed to wake up before 8:30! Ugh!)

Anywho, since I woke up so darn early and it IS the 29th...I figured I'd peek at the syllabi for my doctoral classes. Whoa. 

Goodbye summer! It was nice knowing ya! 

Seriously, it seems like a lot of work (okay, it IS a lot of work) because I just looked at everything today and my head is spinning a little. Alas, it will be okay. Those calendars/checklist makers I posted about yesterday are about to become overloaded. (So basically what I'm saying is, if Google Calendar dies today, it's my fault for overloading it haha!)

This is the number one reason why I wanted to start this program in the summer -- to be able to gauge how much time I am actually spending on the courses when I don't have to teach myself. This way once school begins and I'm really into the thick of things, I know how much time I need to devote to grad school as well because I'll have already done it. 

That is a bit overwhelming to see it all typed out. I guess the beauty (and downfall) of an online program is that everything is posted at the same time and you just go in and do the week's assignments in that particular week. But to see it ALL there at once can make you want to curl up in a corner and cry a little. 

Cool thing is, we will do a book study in our course and two of the books were published right here where I live. That's kind of neat, I think. 

If I don't post for a week (or 8) it's because I'm drowning in doctoral studies. :) I'm sure I will be around but just in case, you'll know why!

I'm off to fill my calendars and hopefully not destroy the Internet :D

The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. Good luck with all the studies. I'm sure you are going to do amazing and learn such awesome things. I think it is admirable that you are striving to continue your education. When you come out the other end and start that school you have talked about, I'm ready to put in my application! :) :)

    1. Thanks. I am really excited about this program. I always feel so incredibly overwhelmed the first day a course opens because you see the work load and go "holy cow!" haha

      You are more than welcome to apply at my school but you'd have to be willing to move to Michigan :) I'm a Michigander all the way and while I would move, hubby won't. Ever. :)

  2. I am all too familiar with the huge course load that comes along with a doctoral program. It's a ton of time and a lot of effort, but well worth it! Good luck! If you ever want to chat about your work I'm here!

    1. Thanks! I am really, really excited about the whole program. And hopefully in about 3.5 years I will be traveling to Oregon to defend my dissertation (whoa!).

      We are very lucky to be in such a great cohort program. Only 14 students per course and we will pretty much stick together throughout. I'm not positive if they split our cohorts by concentration or not (we're all under Educational Leadership but my concentration is in Teacher Leadership as opposed to Administration or whatever the third option was). I suspect we will all get to be very close.

    2. Where in Oregon will you defend? Maybe I can come watch! I had a small cohort of 6 with my same focus (C&I) and having that group was priceless. We had a special pilot program in which we met once a month on Friday evening and all day Saturday and that was really helpful in terms of getting support, feedback, and writing retreats where we just spent hours writing in silence in the same room. We were the only group that had that and 5/6 defended dissertations within 4 years of starting. I still meet with that small cohort of 6 once a month for dinner.

    3. I will defend in Portland. Technically I can do all of it via Skype if I want to but it would be so much more fun to go there and defend.

  3. That's cool! I know it's a ways off, but get in touch with me when you come! I live in Portland and it would be fun to meet up (once your defense is over!)