You’re working your tokhes off. It’s week 8 already, I can’t believe it! The weeks seem to be going by so much faster since I started my internship. It hasn’t been too hard to budget my time to finish the school work that has to get done, but I haven’t been able to do as much as I like–my readings have suffered in order to get assignments turned in on time. I hope that I will still be able to get all of my final projects taken care of without having to pull the crazy schedule I did last quarter. Crossing my fingers! Over the next few weeks I have to pull together 3 in-class presentations, a 15-20pg research paper, book review (5 pages), research design, and prepare for one final exam. Unfortunately, I back loaded my quarter again but I should be able to pull through.
Last week we signed up for spring classes and I’ve got some good ones lined up! This is what I love about the quarter system–I know that by finals I am going to be burnt out on my classes and it’s easier to get motivated again in the spring with a new set of classes to get excited about. I’m signed up for International Weapons Proliferation (WMDs), US National Security Policy, and Strategic Intelligence Data Collection/Analysis. I was going to take another China specific course but I decided to put if off until next year to take the WMD course. Also, General Casey is teaching a 1-unit course on civil military relations that I didn’t manage to get into, but I’m going to try to crash just to listen to a few of the lectures.
One plus is that it looks like my schedule meshes fairly well with the masters swimming practice schedule – so I’m going to try to work that in next quarter as well. I do swim on my own every once in a while, but I can never seem to motivate myself to swim more than 2,000 to 2,500 yards and I’ve lost ALL my speed. I would love to start competing again if I can make the time to train for it! My races are the 100 fly, 200IM, and the 100 and 200 breast–all of which require quite a bit more training than what I’m doing without a coach. Back when I was competing, I dropped my 100 fly time to a 1:03 flat and I’d like to hit that again. I’m not sure if I will be able to train breaststroke at all because of knee problems… caused by breaststroke. And my shoulders, like pretty much all swimmers, have some nasty bursitis and tendonitis but that’s something I know how to deal with after months of physical therapy. Ok, I will stop rambling about swimming – I just miss it and get so pumped thinking about joining masters next quarter!
Please indulge me for a moment here, as I would like to complain about my car battery dying again. Two months in a row for christ’s sake! So I finally bought some jumper cables to keep in my trunk until I have a chance to take my car in to see what’s up. As a woman, I hate taking my car in to the shop because I immediately feel like I’m going to get screwed – and sadly, they are right to assume I don’t know much about cars, because I don’t. Car troubles never seem to present themselves at opportune times.
Back to more relevant information: I would like to say that Korbel puts on some great speaker event series and there are so many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. I say this because I am particularly excited to go to a lecture this Friday titled, “An Exploration Inside the Criminal Mind.” It’s being given by a homeland security intelligence agent and focuses on sociopaths and their behavioral indicators. I am VERY interested in this subject – for a little while I had my sights set on getting a degree in psychology and becoming a criminal profiler. On a side note, if you have similar interests, I would have to recommend reading the unabomber manifesto (I read it for a class in undergrad and it was so interesting).
Ok, I believe that’s a pretty good update for now. I’ve got to get up for work bright and early! (Thank god students ride for free on light rail or I would be bleeding cash getting to and from the Capitol…for my unpaid internship). I will leave you with a nick-name I learned at work for a CO law: the defense of habitation law (deadly force is justifiable against an intruder in your home) is called the “Make My Day Law” in reference to Clint Eastwood’s line, “go ahead, make my day.” I love it! This little tidbit of information has been making me giggle all week.