Let’s See How Far We’ve Come

by Katie Yeaton
@kyeat29

“Let’s see how far we’ve come…” now that I’ve put the Matchbox 20 song in your head, let’s talk about this semester.

We have come quite a ways from August when the academic year was first starting up.  For me, this semester has been a learning experience.  I started my first full-time position without taking any classes and I taught my first credit-bearing course.  One of the most notable differences I have found this semester is how my time-management has changed.  Instead of reading vigorously for grad classes and writing papers into the wee-hours of the morning after work, I now focus my energy on projects that can have a significant impact on the department and students’ campus life.  I feel the research side of my life has calmed down while the practitioner side has picked up.  As I continue into my career, I hope to balance the practitioner and researching sides of my life more equally, but until then I am happy gaining this student-focused experience.  In place of papers and hours of required reading, I have spent my time blogging and focusing on some personal projects unrelated to my university position.  I typically devote a few hours monthly to research projects and pick up a higher education related book weekly to keep myself engaged in the research-realm.  Overall, I am enjoying my new found time-management and, even though I see myself added more research work into the mix, I am enjoying my time to work on personal projects.

For those who are wrapping up their first semester of their first full-job, what are some things you did not expect in your position?

For others training to balance their lives as practitioners/researchers, what are some tips you have to maintaining the balance?  Especially doctoral students who are working full-time, what are some of your time-management tips?

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