Happy October everyone! Yesterday I officially finished my first month of college and my new job at the campus library. Things have been nonstop and I have finally found a moment to catch my breath.

I’ll admit, despite my best efforts I was ill-prepared for my life as a college student, so it took a bit of time to adjust. I have yet the chance to really dig into a good fiction novel lately (my latest reads have all been related to research topics), but that hasn’t deterred me one bit!  Now listen up because I’m about to tell you the highlights of my September, which probably isn’t that exciting to you, but it was quite an exciting adventure for me.

A New Schedule

I was able to score a pretty nice schedule this semester, so I have yet to dread the 8am class that I’ve heard so much about. My typical routine consists of getting up, drinking coffee while going over yesterday’s material, and then heading to class. Sometimes I’ll watch Netflix, but I find that I have an easier time focusing in my lectures when I spent the first hour or two of my morning warming up my brain.

After the classes, which I have finally memorized the times for, I eat lunch start working on online assignments. This has ranged from discussions for my creative writing class to reading through a final draft before submitting it.

Once I have finished my lunch, I head over to the library to start working on (you guessed it) more assignments. There are short minute-long breaks in between for me to take a deep breath before I continue, but overall I am spending the majority of my time and energy on schoolwork.

Then, depending on the day, I go to work.

A New Job

One the first day of class I was also starting my first day at my job. I had already gone over the initial training over the summer for my position as the lead student assistant, but that was only a little look into what I would be doing on a regular basis.

For the most part, my job is simply sitting at the front desk and working on homework. There is the occasional student asking for help with the printer, or someone trying to find a specific book, but those times (so far) have been fairly rare. It’s always quiet, always pretty empty, and always a great way to spend the end of my day.

Another thing that I do on occasion is shelving books, which is by far my most favorite part of the job. Every time I go into the stacks I always end up finding books that I didn’t realize the library had. I’ve started to memorize the layout, where to find a certain type of book, and where my favorite authors are located. It’s become my little home-away-from-home, and I am loving it.

A New Reading Routine

Allow me to let out a heavy sigh for a moment and mourn the loss of my lively reading life. Something I am still figuring out is how to fit in reading for pleasure with the reading for classes. It’s harder than I thought, considering that I like to take notes and analyze the readings for my lectures, which take many hours to get through. Sure, I could read through and hope that I remember the main points, but where is the fun in that?

Anyways, I digress. I haven’t finished a single book in the month of September, and it is heartbreaking to me. Once I have finished my work for the day all I want to do is sleep, and try as I might, I cannot stay up late reading like I used to. I’ve also made new friends, so less time has gone to reading and more time has gone to hang out with friends after class.

Nevertheless, I am determined to find a way to go back to reading several books a month while also (somehow) balancing everything else on my plate. Who knows if I’ll ever accomplish that, but there’s always the summer to catch up one the great books I’ve missed.

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