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Just got the reading list for my first term of grad school.

...Oh God.

Date: 2011-09-22 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Eeeek! But: What kind of books...? I mean, if it's a class on plays then that would still work...

Date: 2011-09-22 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Nope. Novels and books on poetic/literary theory. :( I MAY DIE.

Date: 2011-09-22 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Don't panic! I've had classes like that. It can work out! So what novels are they?

Date: 2011-09-23 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lucky for me, I get to pick out most of the books for one of my classes (with the prof possessing veto power, and offering suggestions for alterations). So, ahem, I may sneak in some books I'm already familiar with. But I'll have to see what she says about the books I've chosen.

I'm hoping to focus mostly on YA novels and fantasy fiction, because that's what I like to write. If I get permission, I want to (re)read ALL the Neil Gaiman!

Date: 2011-09-22 09:39 pm (UTC)
jain: Dragon (Kazul from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles) reading a book and eating chocolate mousse. (domestic dragon)
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One of the most important skills to develop in grad school is how to read enough of each book that you understand what it's about and are able to discuss it in class, while skipping enough of certain of your books that you still have time for things like sleep and basic hygiene. Good luck!

Date: 2011-09-23 01:45 am (UTC)
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I can see I'm going to have to refine my speed-reading/skimming skills!

Date: 2011-09-23 01:54 am (UTC)
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And the "What is important" skill -- that one takes a while to get, though. I've still not got it down.

Date: 2011-09-23 05:37 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm bad at that one, too. I tend to repeatedly push the projects I actually want to work on to the top of the pile, and leave the rest to languish. :/

Date: 2011-09-23 05:44 am (UTC)
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It's definitely an acquired skill. If I'm not careful, I tend to do the opposite, and keep putting off the things I really want to work on until 'later' as a reward, and then procrastinating the things I don't want to do. Is a bad system, really.

Date: 2011-09-22 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Whoah! That's kinda outrageous.

Date: 2011-09-23 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

*sprints for Cliff Notes*

Date: 2011-09-22 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It will be OK! You will figure out how to Read All the Books in no time!

Date: 2011-09-23 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am indeed going to read ALL the books! Whether I like it or not!

*hides under the bed*

Date: 2011-09-22 10:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chomiji

I just went through this with my daughter and an undergrad seminar she has on science in the media. She needed a huge stack of recent pop science books. At least they were just about all available as paperbacks.

Date: 2011-09-23 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fortunately for my pocketbook, all of my books are either in paperback or available at the library. So that is a Good Thing. I do not miss shelling out $100+ for math and science texts.

Date: 2011-09-23 12:06 am (UTC)
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And thus, it begins. XD

Btw, I'll happily take pleasure in your pain. I already have two graduate degrees, so I know what it's all about. If I could get through that crap, you'll be just fine... once it's all done. Can't vouch for that "fine" statement while you're actually going through those classes. *laughs manically*

Date: 2011-09-23 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Everybody told me that there was a lot of reading in grad school, so I was kind of prepared for it. But there's a difference between mentally psyching yourself up, and being faced with the cold hard reality.

My only comfort is that there are a lot of people out there who have actually finished their grad programs. So evidently some people make it out alive!

Date: 2011-09-23 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, of course you have heard from the ones who made it out alive--the dead ones aren't going to say anything. ;)

In all honestly, I think the start of a program is the worst--seeing everything that has to be done and not knowing how in the world you'll have that time. But you know, once you're in the middle of it, you simply get it done. Because you have to, but it still gets done. It's kind of surreal, actually, especially when projects are involved and you look at the finished product and think, "When the Hell did I do all of this?"

Long story short, you'll be fine, I swear.

Date: 2011-09-23 12:34 am (UTC)
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You could try the multitasking approach - read one book while listening to an audiobook version on another! Of course, that only works if audiobooks are out there.

You can do it! Organisational skills, Wiki/Google and skim reading are the key!

Date: 2011-09-23 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wiki and Google are gonna be my new BFFs for sure. I would be way more panicked if I hadn't had an undergrad teacher who told all of us who were heading off to grad school that it was totally acceptable to just skim stuff/read the Cliff Notes version. If I thought I actually had to read every single book on my list, I'd probably be in a fetal position in the corner right now. *g*

That's a great idea about the audiobooks, though! I'll have to look into that.

Date: 2011-09-23 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
YEP. Welcome to the club. ;)

Date: 2011-09-23 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*clings* Do we have t-shirts? We should have t-shirts!
Edited Date: 2011-09-23 05:37 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-23 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*clings back*

I'm thinking a tshirt with a Dalek that says "PROCRASTINATE!"

Or possibly a shirt with a huuuuuuge pile of books with a hand sticking out twitching.

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