1. register for winter courses — these things never go smoothly, do they? but oh well, after all the minor disasters, I’m all signed up for all the courses I want to take!
2. work work work
I didn’t really need a prop for these pictures, but I didn’t want to let me coffee cup go…
In other news, potential / beginner grad students, let me say this: make friends, as soon as you can, with your department’s graduate secretary. These underappreciated lynchpins can literally be lifesavers and sanity savers. Case in point: this morning I registered for winter term courses. My PhD is in English with an emphasis in Folklore, so I am allowed to take courses in the English department and the Folklore department. And yet, the computer has a hard time remembering this. So when I woke up this morning and dutifully entered the course registration numbers, the system wouldn’t let me register. Le sigh. Away I went to my email, shooting off a message to the graduate secretary who got back to me within minutes and fixed the problem. The moral of the story: I tried to register, couldn’t register, and was saved by the secretary — all before 9 am. Blamo! So props to you, Mike my Grad Secretary! You made my whole week better.