Pre-Grad School Bucket List

Two months. Actually, I have less than two months before I start going to grad school full time while also working at my full time job. 50 days to be exact. So, I have just over a month until I throw myself into a never ending stream of running around, writing papers, and feeling like I’m drowning. Not to mention hopefully blogging, working out, keeping up with my hygiene, eating, breathing, etc. I figured with all of that looming and my nerves being set on maximum, I should create a bucket list of things to do before January 19. If not, I’ll spend the next 50 days biting my nails, freaking out, and not enjoying my last days being relatively stress free.

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Blog education.
Over the past few months, I have collected a large amount of blog literature and classes. I’ve been meaning to read them, watch them, and ultimately delve into most of it, but it just never gets put at the top of my to do list. There are two main reasons this is on my bucket list. One, I want to keep blogging, even when I’m neck deep in responsibilities. I know if I want to keep at it, my motivated, and god forbid, even excel at it, I’m going to need to push myself a little more. Learn a few more tricks of the trade, collect more ideas, and possibly spark some more creativity inside me. Essentially I am wanting prepare myself as much as possible, while I still can. Second, and more simply, I will not have time to do this once school starts. And then I plan to teach summer school and go to summer school, and the same in the fall and so on. If I don’t do this now, I never will.

Go skiing.
One of my favorite all time things to do is skiing. It’s easily my favorite hobby/sport and the bright point of any long, cold winter. I’ve gone every year since I was three and I don’t plan on stopping now. Before I can’t afford to leave for a long weekend, or have to worry about bringing work with me, I hope to go skiing. Actually, before I even applied to grad school this month, I had already made plans and set reservations for a ski trip in early January. Any way I put it, I’m going!

Learn how to use a planner.
This is probably going to be the least fun item on this bucket list. But it will be the best in the long run, and honestly, it won’t even be that tedious. Anyway, I am going to teach myself how to use a planner. I never used one in college, or really now when I’m working, but I think it will be really beneficial to me to start one now. Between grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, going to the vet, that huge term paper due date, SOL tests starting, faculty meetings… yea I’m going to need something to keep my head straight. I have already begun my “training”, but I think it will really kick in and be helpful in 50 days. But, I must learn how to and get in the habit, before I’m thrown into so many things that I can’t even think straight.

Re-watch all of Grey’s Anatomy.
I even think that it was this time last year when I first started watching Grey’s. Or around last fall at least. Anyway. Since then, I have watched all eleven seasons and been caught up on the new twelfth, as it has been airing. More than that, this past week or so, I have had a marathon of the “The Best, Saddest Grey Episodes”. Which, is a lot more than you think there would be. Unless you’ve witnessed this show, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Long story short, I rewatched most of the show, bawling my eyes out the whole time. Now, I have officially restarted a full re-run through of the entire show. In the past few days, I have already begun season three. I have a problem. Either way, I am dedicated now. I am going to rewatch this entire beautiful, blessed show, and I’m going to need to be done before grad school. If not, I will not be able to concentrate, get my work done, or if I’m lucky, get anything done other than watch, work, and do homework.

But, there is no other show in my queue, and no other show that holds my heart quite like this one. So once I’m done, my Netflix and TV show slate will be cleared, and I’ll be ready to use my time a little more productively. In the meantime though, I’ll keep telling Netflix I’m still watching and do my next item on my bucket list.

Relax as much as humanly possible.
As stated in my last item, I will do this one, while binging the best TV show ever crafted. I don’t need to do all these things, or clean every nook of my house, or loose 10 pounds before January. No, I’m going to take the holidays, and these short 50 days and focus on relaxing. Sure, I have a few menial tasks to get the hang of, but nothing time consuming or too taxing. This month plus a little more is going to be spent relaxing and getting it all out of my system.


 

There, you have it, one decently easy to achieve, important, happy bucket list for the next 50 days days. Hopefully this won’t be too hard to wrap up, right?

Cheers,
— Brey


25 thoughts on “Pre-Grad School Bucket List

  1. When I was in grad school Google calendar was a life saver. You can set it up to give you reminders on your phone, and access it from any computer. Grad school is a crazy time, but so many doors are open to you as a student! Enjoy it!

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  2. Best of luck with that! I’m applying to start Grad school next fall. And I’m hoping I can start a new job in the new year so I’ll have had it for a while before I start school again. I’m glad you have a list, my friend who went to law school told me that the summer before (in your case the 50 days) was a time to relax and do what ever you want.

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  3. OMG major Grey’s Anatomy fan! How devastatingly sad is it? I haven’t been able to watch past (hopefully not spoiler alert because the internet was screaming with it) McDreamy’s death. It wasn’t so much that he died (but that was painful) but how he died. I felt such an important character deserved more. Deserved everything. A chance to fight, instead of kind of passing away without anyone really noticing. It didn’t have to be George-esque but something more than he was given. Something more than he just didn’t get a CT scan, you know? And I literally have not watched past that. But I love rewatching Grey’s. One of my favourite episodes is the “It’s the End of Time/As We Know It” (the bomb episodes – I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re titled). I recently rewatched Grey’s, too. Great show! Wow, I just made an entire massive comment about Grey’s …. hoping you aren’t kidding about being a fan right now πŸ˜‰

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  4. Meditation helps with all of that… Just sit in a chair every morning and relax and think about nothing for 20 minutes. If you get really stressed out, a warm bath always helps. Use epsom salts with a table spoon of olive oil. Soak for twenty minutes and do 3 minutes of deep breathing exercises. Don’t soap down until you’re finished soaking, or your body won’t absorb the magnesium.

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  5. I wish you the very best of luck in juggling everything! I, apparently, am terrible at it. I consider myself a master time-manager, but I ended up having to give up stuff I wanted to do, for stuff I had to do. I would LOVE posts on how to juggle everything if you figure it out! haha πŸ™‚

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  6. I’m on a Grey’s rewatch at the moment – on season 6. The best way to spend free time I find – I just love sitting down, especially after work, and watching a couple of episodes (…or more than a couple *shifty eyes*)!

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  7. God luck. I completed an MBA and was working full time. I was strung out. The secret, at least for me, was to carve out power blocks of time. No interruptions and was able to get a block of time (5 hours or so) on both days on the weekend. I got up early with the roosters and stayed up late with the owls. You still need “you time” to refresh yourself. I took a couple of nights each week to do nothing with school. It was challenging, yet so rewarding. Good luck, but am confident that once you get a system figured out, it will be easy, but with hard work and effort.

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  8. Don’t worry hun. I’m studying for an MSc while working full time as a project manger/statistical analyst in local government and i have a 19 month old baby, plus the pressure of running a house and paying nursery fees as the main wage earner because my husband is at uni full time and works part time. Oh and i have a nasty long term condition that causes all my joints to swell up… And i still find time to do some dressmaking or knitting and see my friends! You’re a woman- we were born to multitask! You’ll be fine. Good luck x

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    1. I don’t know how much I’ll want to talk about all my classes after hours upon hours of homework. I think my blog will be a haven from “school writing”! But you never know, somethings are bound to slip through πŸ˜‰

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  9. I use Evernote as a cross-platform organizing tool. Really keeps the important things in my awarness and enables off-loading of masses of detail. You can upload photos text, sound etc. easily once you install the free apps on iPhone, desktop etc. 60 MB per month of uploaded data is free – so you can do a lot at no cost. It is super-flexible too.

    For doing GTD ( Getting Things Done ) the so-called ‘secret weapon’ videos about Evernote are hard to beat:

    http://www.thesecretweapon.org/

    Initially I had set Evenote for myself as a repository of “interesting stuff”, but the GTD approach was what I REALLY needed to help manage everything and I totally went with the above setup strategy.

    Best wishes – grad school can be great.

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