THOUGHTS — Since I only have class on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I’ve had extra long weekends for the past two weeks. Today, I officially started my part-time job, which means I won’t have these long weekends anymore and will instead be working full days on Mondays and Fridays. And I don’t know how to feel about this.
Clearly, I’ve been very spoiled before now. Being able to basically have a 4-day weekend is not something most people my age (or any age?) get to experience. Especially since it’s this early in the semester, I haven’t even had that much school work that my “days off” have still technically been spent working. So, as you can imagine, these long weekends have basically just been relegated to Netflix/napping/eating/maybe going to the gym/decorating my apartment, and I’m definitely not complaining.
But in a way, I’m excited to get back to “normal life” by having a solid routine to stick to Monday through Friday. Actually, I think I work best that way; thinking back to last fall, which was undoubtedly the most busy I’ve ever been, I was so incredibly productive precisely because I had a very strict schedule to stick to. (On the other hand, I was also on the verge of burning out, so I guess there’s something to be said about moderation…) So in this sense I’m definitely excited to start my job. I am, however, a little nervous about how I’ll fare once we’re a couple weeks further into the semester and the amount of work I have to do for my courses starts picking up. Will I then wish I had those Mondays and Fridays to just spend time working on my assignments, instead of pulling all-nighters just to get everything done that I couldn’t during the day because I was at work? Will I get that same feeling of stress as I did last fall, when I literally didn’t have time to do anything besides make it to all the classes/meetings/work shifts I had scheduled and get my work done?
I think only time will tell, and I’m not going to stress about it too much. For now, I’m just really excited to get paid (!!!) and to get back into that regular routine. Also, since I’m currently writing this blog post on my first day at my new desk when I’m supposed to be working, I’m sure I’ll be able to do a little bit of stuff for school when I’m at work too.
Anyway, I do feel like I managed to milk every drop out of this last long weekend and really enjoy it. On Friday I went to IKEA to buy some more stuff for my apartment (mostly decorative stuff, which I have been absolutely dying to get), and then at night I met up with the other students in my cohort to have drinks at a bar in New Brunswick. It was so fun to get to know everyone more, especially in a setting outside of the classroom! On Saturday I did some school work in the morning, went to a farmer’s market nearby with my roommate in the afternoon, and then went to spend the evening with my boyfriend. I made meatballs with gravy, lingonberry jam (all from IKEA, haha) and boiled potatoes for dinner that night, which temporarily satisfied my longing for Swedish food! And yesterday, on Sunday, I got a lot of work done for the week ahead and kept working on organizing my room. I finally put up some string lights and unpacked my fall wardrobe, which felt so satisfying. Now I’m just patiently waiting for the weather to realize that it’s time for fall.