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Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Day in the Life

The first term of my new school in my new city in my new life is coming to a close. I have three more essays left to finish before I am free. However, there is no real break for me, as I begin a two week apprenticeship immediately after my last assignment is handed in.

So, before this term is done, let me describe for you a day in the life of a first year Journalism school Master's student.

7 a.m. - Alarm goes off, turn it off
7:10 a.m. - Second alarm goes off, and get up
7:13 a.m. - Bleary-eyed, begin the morning ritual (shave, shower, etc...)
7:15 a.m. - Make breakfast
7:17 a.m. - Read the paper
7:30 a.m. - Brush teeth and get changed
7:45 a.m. - Leave the house and walk to the O-Train in the snow, whilst listening to my iPod
8:03 a.m. - Catch the O-Train straight to Carleton
8:18 a.m. - Arrive in class, read another newspaper and prepare for the onslaught of the day
8:30 a.m. - MORNING CLASSES BEGIN
8:35 a.m. - BORED
8:42 a.m. - Start falling asleep
8:53 a.m. - Begin doodling to stay awake
9:07 a.m. - Actually pay attention
9:47 a.m. - Buy a drink for something to do to stay awake
10:10 a.m. - Class resumes, and am bored again
10:22 a.m. - Begin reciting lines from TV shows in my head to stave off boredom
10:36 a.m. - Daydream
11:01 a.m. - Daydream
11:06 a.m. - Pay attention
11:08 a.m. - Ask an insightful question to give the illusion that I'm paying attention
11:10 a.m. - Bored again
11:25 a.m. - CLASS ENDS
11:26 a.m. - Talk to class mates about life
Noon-ish - LUNCH, followed by work
2:00 p.m. - Make way to afternoon class
2:15 p.m. - Arrive at afternoon class, talk to people
2:30 p.m. - CLASS BEGINS
2:33 p.m. - Contemplate life
2:36 p.m. - Think about science
2:44 p.m. - Contemplate next blog entry
2:47 p.m. - Doodle
2:53 p.m. - Look across the room and marvel that everyone appears just as bored as I am
3:00 p.m. - Daydream
3:04 p.m. - Daydream
3:12 p.m. - Feel the world crashing in upon myself
3:16 p.m. - Mini-heart attack
3:19 p.m. - Brain crashes........re-boot............re-boot.......re-boot.....
re-boot............re-boot.......re-boot.... system restore....
4:05 p.m. - Eat a snack to keep brain on life-support
4:07 p.m. - Ponder the mysteries of the universe
4:08 p.m. - Ponder the greatness of cheese
4:11 p.m. - Solve the world's energy crisis, but cannot find a pad of paper ... vow to remember
4:12 p.m. - Forget
4:15 p.m. - Think about girls
4:18 p.m. - Think of random movie quotes
4:19 p.m. - "With meditation, there's no limit to what you can ... imagine"
4:20 p.m. - "Do or do not, there is no try"
4:21 p.m. - "My. What a clever girl"
4:22 p.m. - "I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar"
4:23 p.m. - "Ray, if someone asks if you are a God, you say YES!"
4:24 p.m. - "The lord tells me he can get me out of this mess, but he's pretty sure, you're fucked"
4:25 p.m. - "Are you telling me, you made a time-machine ... out a DeLorean?"
4:26 p.m. - "The dude abides"
4:27 p.m. - "60 per cent of the time, it works all the time"
4:28 p.m. - "Don't touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn't understand things with alloys and compositions and things with... molecular structures."
4:29 p.m. - "I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be gray, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life"
**BONUS POINTS FOR ANYONE WHO CAN NAME THEM All!!! NOT INCLUDING DANIEL ;)
4:30 p.m. - Sleep
5:25 p.m. - Class ends
5:33 p.m. - Dash to the O-Train
5:36 p.m. - Walk home
5:57 p.m. - Arrive home
6:02 p.m. - Turn on laptop and do work
7:45 p.m. - Make dinner
7:53 p.m. - Eat dinner and watch some TV, followed by work
9-12 a.m. - WORK MORE
12-2 a.m. - Work and doze off a little
2-2:30 a.m. - Do some readings
2:30 a.m. - Get ready for bed
3:00 a.m. - Read for pleasure
3:30 a.m. - Try to sleep
3:30-4:15 a.m. - Dreading the next day
4:15-4:30 a.m. - Plan the work to do for the next day
4:30 - 7 a.m. - Sleep

Well, there you have it, an average day in the life of me, a lowly Journalism student. Keep in mind, I did not include:
- Deadline assignments
- TA duties
- Various internet activities
- Interviews
- Shopping, haircuts, cleaning, etc...
- Actual FUN activities

As you can see, I do not have a lot of free time on my hands, but I make the most out of it. And now, I need to do some work before the whole process starts anew. Ain't a Master's of Journalism program GRAND?

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1 Comments:

At December 2, 2008 at 9:08 PM , Anonymous de Sa said...

Best comments of the blog by far...

3:12 p.m. - Feel the world crashing in upon myself
3:16 p.m. - Mini-heart attack
3:19 p.m. - Brain crashes........re-boot............re-boot.......re-boot.....
re-boot............re-boot.......re-boot.... system restore....

AND

4:07 p.m. - Ponder the mysteries of the universe
4:08 p.m. - Ponder the greatness of cheese
4:11 p.m. - Solve the world's energy crisis, but cannot find a pad of paper ... vow to remember
4:12 p.m. - Forget

good luck with the final papers

 

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