February 25, 2014
confused, retreat, self
So here comes that day of the month when I get to have a “Self-Retreat“. I got the idea from a productivity book saying that a person needs time for himself. Well, as a graduate student on his final semester and only enrolled in a seminar class for the thesis, I spend time at home alone most of the time. I seldom go out in the day and seldom have the company of other people when i read articles, write parts of my thesis, or just plain procrastinate. So, I guess time for myself is not really a big want for me. More like, I need time with other people more!
This is why I decided to just rid of myself with the serious things on this fine once-a-month event and do the things that would not be on my top priorities any other day of the month. This is why I’m trying to write a blog today. This is why I posted pictures on Facebook earlier. And this is why I feel more and more that I am wasting my time doing this no-serious-stuff-day. (The fact that I spent the better half of my mornings daily doing nothing but switch from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is another topic of discussion!)
Well, I just submitted a revision of my literature review to my adviser last Friday. I have not received any confirmation of receipt, so i’ll just ask him about it tomorrow when I go to the university. That literature review was a month-in-the-making because of laziness, confusion, and errands. I hope to complete my thesis proposal and defend it this semester!
Well, that’s my blog entry for now.
November 11, 2013
The Save Draft was working… “Draft Saved” it read. But when I would like to edit it, it was nowhere to be found. Is it my faulty internet, the WordPress blog, or just an out-of-the-ordinary event that wanted me to become angry at myself and feel uncomfortable?
October 30, 2013
I have been a Christian for 7-8 years now. I don’t even remember the exact day of my salvation, my acceptance of Christ. This shows how unimportant my belief was to me in the past.
I attended services with my family. As soon as the music singing starts, I would go out to the corridor and spend my time there. When I get bored, I would often ask money from my mom and buy food from the nearby Burger King. I’d stay there until the service is over.
I didn’t see the importance of attending church services. I did not know true Christianity. I did not have a real relationship with Jesus. Coupled with this was the fact that I was in highschool. It was a very exciting stage of my life, especially the third year phase. This was when my passion for computer games intensified, when I tried to fit into a group of not-so-good students, and when I began to taste the pleasure that is alcohol.
October 21, 2013
And thus, the semester was over. I had three subjects this semester, along with one laboratory. And now, I’m waiting for a grade on one more subject. I am happy so far, ecstatic seeing an average that may qualify me at least as a College Scholar.
It’s been a series of routine days: wake up, accompany my sister to school, take a bath, academics till lunch, eat lunch, academics till night, break for TV, then academics till sleep. I am very thankful that I discovered several productivity articles that have helped develop my focus and study habits. The battle with procrastination was hard, but at least I gave a great fight every time.
Now that my coursework is finished, I enter the dreaded BOSS STAGE – THESIS WRITING. I have yet to decide on a study topic, though several papers I did could be developed into a thesis endeavor. I also have an adviser, though I think I have much ground to cover in order to finish writing a thesis proposal by the end of the next semester. Working almost all the time at home would be a challenge yet again, with all the distractions of TV, Facebook, and laziness. Hopefully, the same tools (StayFocusd, Time Recording, Evernote) I used this semester would prove beneficial in this most important time of my graduate studies.
June 11, 2013
academics, personal, science research, struggle
I want to blog professionally. I am a graduate student of Environmental Science. As part of my summer residency, I have read books and journals in search of a topic for my thesis. A lot of the resources I’ve read about being a good graduate student tells of routinary writing summaries of what you’ve read. This is to let one practice organizing his thoughts and not just pretend to be productive in reading parts of a scientific article.
But why, why do I don’t get the feeling and motivation to write even one article about the things I’ve read? Is it the shallowness of my reading? My disinterest in writing? Or my little appreciation of the knowledge I (should have) obtained from one-hour-a-day of “scientific research?”
Or maybe, it’s just me being the procrastinator I am? The I-don’t-have-a-deadline-so-I-don’t-have-to-do-it attitude that keeps me from achieving much. Hopefully, as the new semester begins, I become more enthusiastic about reading AND writing in order to accomplish much.
June 7, 2013
just because, ought to write
yes, I just thought I ought to write.
It’s the start of the semester once again, and I just made my schedule to have any little hope of maximizing my time. Balancing graduate school, ministry, and personal life has not been the problem: laziness is. I have this allotted time for reading journals, exercising, and other “important” activities, but end up feasting my eyes on the status of my Facebook friends and updates of my followed Twitter users…