Week In My Life Pt. 2
I’m glad I chose to highlight this week because I think it really showcases the need for flexibility and some of the other things I have been working on. Because it is the beginning of the semester everyone in our group is in more of a planning mode making sure they have a good plan, schedule, and understanding of the requirements as they move forward. As a new student, I am using this time to learn about past iterations of these projects and get better at using some of the design tools we have. As a result, I didn’t have any deadlines this week. During my undergrad, I often fell into the pattern of working to work and would have used a week like this to try and do and learn everything and then been frustrated when it wasn’t fruitful. This year I am trying to take a small step back and make sure that I am only putting effort towards things that are actually helpful and, if I don’t have work to do, taking a break.
I’m also focusing on being flexible. As meeting schedules change and my motivation fluctuates, I changed my schedule around to work when I felt more motivated and changed a lot of my workouts to the afternoon while still hitting my 5 days/week goal.
So, here is what the rest of my week looked like!
5:30 pm – moved my car to the gym to workout
7:00 pm – left the gym and headed to the grocery store
8:00 pm – made lasagna while facetiming my best friend
10 – Midnight – Planned a ski trip for my birthday in a few weeks
I got a late start since I was up so late the night before. I had class, a canceled meeting and just did a short workout at home. Here’s what my day looked like:
9 am – woke up, showered and made coffee
10:20 am – left for class
11 am – 12:15 pm – VLSI class. This is a class I took during undergrad but it is really important for what my research group does so taking it again seemed like a good idea.
12:30 pm – Ate lunch and answered some emails
2 pm – Packed my stuff and moved my car to a coffee shop where I finished a worksheet for SHEengineered
4 pm – had a short meeting with some other lab mates about how I can help with their project this semester
5:30 pm – Went home and did a workout with the Nike Training Club app
6:30 pm – Ate dinner, watched the office and went to bed
7 am – Woke up, made coffee and made a to do list
9:30 am – Left for school
10 am – Got to the lab and continued working through a tutorial for about 2 hours
12 pm – Went to lunch with the other new girl in my lab and talked about meetings we had that week
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Met with the same lab member to talk about the structure of a paper we are working on and the next steps we would take
3 pm – 5 pm – My meeting was canceled so I went home early, unpacked, cleaned
7 pm – Went to a show at the local radio station then went out to dinner
9 am – Woke up, made coffee, read and watched TV
11 am – went to the grocery store
12 pm – worked on some stuff for SHEengineered
2:30 pm – met 2 of my friends at the bouldering gym – I had only gone bouldering a few times before moving to Charlottesville but I have a friend who goes pretty often and it’s a fun way to get a workout in!
5 pm – Went home and showered and ate dinner
7 pm – Met my boyfriend and some of his coworkers to go to a show downtown.
I want to continue sharing more of what grad life looks like! Later in the semester as things pick up and become busier I will continue sharing what tose busier, more difficult weeks look like!