A Lazy Saturday

Four days after my last entry, I’ve pretty much gotten back to regular life.  I’ve completed most of the readings that I need to do, and although I still have some assignments looming over my head, but I’m not behind any more than your garden variety grad school procrastinator, so I’m feeling pretty good.

Now that it’s the weekend, I find myself once again trying to balance the three conflicting goals that I always have for my down time: getting work done, resting, and being active.  I’m still recovering from the wedding festivities and my first week back in town, and it’s snowing, so I’m not feeling particularly energetic right now.  It’s 2:00 and I’m proud to say that I still haven’t changed out of pajamas.  Earlier today I did some readings for my directed study in women’s psychosexual development, and now I’m happily watching hockey with my wife from the comfort of our couch.

As a student, I find it challenging to structure my free time.  With four classes, a 20-hour a week internship, and two student jobs, I’m usually fairly busy on weekdays.  When I reach the weekend, I have work to catch up on, I’m usually a bit sleep deprived, and I haven’t gotten to go out with friends in while.  Generally, at least one of these important areas is neglected.  I try to cope with this by changing which area is ignored (some weekends there is less work to do, so I can go out more, other times I do little aside sleep, etc).  I’ve found that this method is pretty successful.  It’s important to be a well-rounded person, and I find that I can better achieve this by being conscious of the focus of my down time.

Here’s a picture of my cat and I enjoying the snow:

About sskeenmspp

Hey everyone, my name is Sam Skeen. I’m currently a third year PsyD student. I’m primarily interested in individual therapy with adults and adolescents and assessment with people of all ages. This year, I’m doing my field placement work at Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, where I am learning to conduct therapy in Spanish. I also have a part time job at MSPP’s Academic Resource Center, where I help other MSPP students complete challenging academic tasks. In my spare time, I like to exercise, cook, mess with my cat (an activity that once screened me as a potential sociopath on a personality test), update my fantasy hockey lineup obsessively, and of course, satiate my Words with Friends addiction.
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4 Responses to A Lazy Saturday

  1. Sam, what IS woman’s psychosexual development? It’s the first time I’ve heard it. lol.

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  2. Interesting article, it really makes someone think. I always like to read thought provoking articles about things like this. Keep the great posts coming. Thanks again for sharing it with us.

  3. sskeenmspp says:

    Thanks tj! There are a variety of jobs you can get as a student at MSPP: everything from TAing a class to library work, to something like my job as a writing tutor at the ARC. I can direct you to some more information if you’d like.

    Essentially, as a tutor, I work with students to improve their written academic assignments (essays, reflection papers, sections of doctoral projects, etc), and their writing process in general. Sometimes we meet in person to discuss assignments, but more often than not we communicate via email. Typically, students will send me a paper, I make some edits and comments, and then email it back to them with some feedback about the paper’s strengths and areas in need of improvement.

    I’ll be sure to write more about this job in future posts. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions.

  4. tj says:

    Love the picture.
    I’d be interested in the MSPP jobs and what they entail. What’s typical help you give at the Resource Center? Keep writing, and maybe you can touch on this in another blog sometime?
    Enjoying the snowy day too, being lazy.

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