It's been quite a while since my last post, so let me give you a quick update.
Gone are the days where I studied Romance novels and Jane Austen (although sometimes I read an Austen collection as a study break). Now, my days are filled with discussions of nuclear proliferation, the international system, and political thought. It is a very real departure from my usual course of study, but I absolutely love it!
A little insight into my study session for an exam on Realism.
I'm not sure if it is the result of a new course of study, or if its just Junior Year, but I am exhausted! I routinely do homework until 11:30 pm and I'm up at 7:15 every day to start the whole process over again. There was a really rough period of about a week where I was averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night (it's actually the inspiration for part of this post's title). Don't worry though, I'm averaging 6 hours now. Which is good, because I don't know how much more caffeine I could have consumed.
The smallest pile of homework I've had all semester.
My internship is going really well! So far I have done research, written a newsletter, and participated in two meetings. I was originally feeling pretty overwhelmed by the whole thing, but I'm feeling much more comfortable now. If you have any questions about it please let me know, I'm more than happy to share my experiences!
It's mid semester break right now, so PLU is having a long weekend (something that I think is far overdue). Apart from the copious amounts of homework I did; I went to Seattle with a friend and spent an amazing day in the Central Branch of the public library. It absolutely blew me away, there were so many books! We rounded out our day with some book shopping, and I am now the proud owner of 3 new books. Hooray!
Stereotypical shot of Pike Place.
Now that mid semester break is nearing a close, I can begin to focus more on Oxford. I bought my plane tickets this weekend and have started a series of orientations through PLU. The focus of this week is the tutorial we will be taking part of with the Oxford faculty. I have just a few more forms to fill out and I will be cleared to travel. How crazy is that?! I can't believe it is so close, studying away still doesn't feel real yet. According to my countdown app there are 70 days until I depart!