Lack of Routine
Every day is the weekend….
Not! Although my schedule is much more relaxed than in New York, I still seem to always run out of time. I am still taking the full credit load (18 credits this semester) but I’m not working or interning so I have a lot of free time. Somehow that “free time” seems to evade. I don’t watch television nor am I addicted to Netflix so that should give me more time for homework, right?
Wrong. So where does my time go? It seems to me that I spend more time sleeping than anything else yet I’m always so tired. How can this be!
On Monday’s I only have one class and it’s not until 1:45. It’s my Media Seminar class for my major. I like that I don’t have to set my alarm and I can allow myself to wake up naturally. I usually wake up between 9-10:30 due to some noise earlier in the morning from my host family getting ready, the sun shining through my windows, and recently, due to construction. Although this time in the morning has to potential to fill with sightseeing, I tend to fill it with homework that I neglected to do over the weekend. I also tend to lie in bed and read celebrity gossip. Before I know it, it’s time to make my way to school. I grab my iPod, backpack, and lightweight jacket, and then I walk to school. It takes me about 30 minutes but I like to take the time to clear my head and wake myself up with some good exercise. I finish at 3:15 and then I grab lunch. Sometimes I eat right before class and sometimes I wait until after class. I usually hang around school for a little bit and then make my way home. Once home I usually take a nap, eat dinner, Skype, shower, do homework, and go to bed. My schedule is the same on Wednesdays.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have class from 9 am to 3:15pm. My alarm goes off at 7 but I don’t start getting ready until 7:30. Around 8:20 I walk to school. My first class is Intermediate Spanish II for two hours. I have a 15 minute break and then I have Argentina Hoy which is also taught in Spanish for people in the intermediate level for 2 hours. I then get a 30 minute break to eat lunch. My two favorite lunch places are Lo De Juan and San Marcos because they are both cheap, quick, and nearby. Next, I have Journalism class which is thankfully taught in English. After a long day of classes I make my way home to nap, eat, shower, Skype, do homework (read waste time online), and go to bed.
Sometimes I have to stay at school later to watch a movie or see a guest speaker. On these days I don’t make it home until late so I have to skip my nap. It also forces me to be slightly more productive since I have to hang around school waiting until 7 when the speaker comes. Afterwards I take the bus home instead of walking because it’s too dark.
On the weekends it takes me probably until 1pm to finally decide what I am going to do and get out of the house. I don’t seem to accomplish much and they go by so quickly. Every day I tell myself I’m going to be productive, and the results are disappointing.
Some days I eat with my host family and some days I eat by myself. I don’t have much of a routine outside of school even though I keep trying to get into the habit of doing homework early. The only thing I seem to do daily is procrastinate. One of these days I’ll get it right. One of these days
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