After the first week
Well, I am officially a graduate student. Not only that, but a seminarian. This week has been stressful, overwhelming, exciting, inspiring, frightening, calming, and many other things all rolled into a single week period in Kansas City.
I have realized how little work I did as an undergraduate student. I never really developed a good discipline for studying or completing work. That is now beginning to attack me full force. I am 3/4 of the way through the reading for one course. I’ve spent two days on it. Luckily, this week I only had 2 courses. Next week I add 3 more classes on Monday. I know things will probably settle down over time, and I will learn to adapt and complete the things I need to get by, but at this point it is too much.
The new job is going okay so far. Still not really sure what will go on, but I’m starting to see a few things form. I am going to attempt to start 2 groups at first, which will be primarily lead by me. It looks like we will have a movie viewing/discussion group and a topical/faith issues group. I really hope the college students are as interested as they seem to be in all of this. I really don’t have the time to be a lot of effort into something that is totally going to flop.
I’m learning to take time for my own spiritual discipline, which is something I haven’t done well in the past. I attend some type of worship service 4 days a week. 2 of those are at Saint Paul on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 is on Thursday at Baker, and finally I go to a church on Sunday. It has been nice to be able to be a part of a congregation, and not part of the leadership.
I hope to find time to update this often and use it as a reflective tool with what I am doing in my life.