The Alleyway

By Alana Edgin
On January 26, 2017

Alana Edgin

Am I the only one who feels like they are behind?

It’s only the second week of classes, and I already feel behind.

I have multiple reading assignments every night, presentations coming up fast, and this job.

This is my first semester taking 18 hours, my second semester with a 20 hours a week job, and stressing over what to do after graduation.

I don’t have time to panic. I have to stay focused and shove through the stress, but that is really hard.

From Monday to Friday, I am taking on anywhere from 4-8 reading assignments, prepping for a quiz, writing stories for Ram Page, starting stories for Fiction Workshop, creating the assignments for the next Ram Page issue, editing all of the stories and still have to find time to eat and sleep so I don’t bite anyone’s head off.

Seriously, where is my superhero cape? I think I deserve it.

Because of this mayhem, I have decided that I must stay organized and set myself a schedule.

I have color coded a planner, my office calendar now looks like a rainbow, and my phone is set to beep at me when an assignment is due the next day (it is beeping a lot).

I apologize to everyone near me for the future annoyance.

I’ve also set reusable water bottles in my office and dorm so I would drink more water.

Dr. Pepper just won’t cut it, and I need to get healthier if I want to survive this semester without gaining 20 lbs.

And this past weekend, I did the unthinkable.

I bought a tablet, not for entertainment, but for schoolwork.

I know, it’s crazy, but carting around my very nice and kind of heavy laptop is not a safe option.

Wal-Mart has tablets for under $100, just so you know. The tablet is already being useful.

In one day, I used it to help me work through a quiz, pull up reading assignments while my laptop played a class video, and I put BlackBoard on there.

I also regressed and bought a backpack. I thought I’d look like a freshman (nothing wrong with that) if I had one, but it’s necessary.

It’s not like I really lose anything from having one. My backpack now holds all my textbooks and the tablet.

I have to walk from the far end of campus with this heavy thing on my back, which will definitely screw up my shoulder.

Being a senior is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s hard and time consuming and all I want to do is go out with friends and get pizza.

Instead, I’m buried in work from the moment I leave class until I go to sleep.

At least I’m not taking math or science courses. Those books weigh as much as the fully loaded backpack.

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