Oh yes, finally! I’m free. And it feels so so so good. Why? Let me tell you: Do you remember that big chunk of papers lying everywhere, covering the floor in the office and blocking my bed? That big chunk of papers that robbed me of all social life, of food and sleep? Yes, exactly, that one. That big chunk of papers was called Master’s thesis. And today, after a dramatic and tough finish line, I finally handed it in! I’m DONE. And as we Germans say, I’m “fix und fertig”.
To be fair, nobody ever said that writing a Master’s thesis was easy but I honestly didn’t think it would be that exhausting at the end. I practically grew onto my desk and at some point my fingers seemed to be stuck onto the keyboard of my laptop. It got so far that I considered going to the bathroom and making the hundredth cup of tea as taking a break. I’m not exaggerating; ask my roomies. xD
So, unfortunately there was not a lot happening in my life that I could tell you about now. The most fun part was probably taking a slightly different way back home one day… bring variety in your life they say…it’s good they say… Oh, and once I wanted to leave the apartment without shoes on. Yeah… Ok, let’s not get into details. The last couple of weeks were some kind of state of emergency, which unfortunately also included ignoring people, not talking to them, and asking myself every morning in front of the mirror: “Why can’t my concealer for once cover these dark zombie-circles under my eyes? Is that too much to ask for?!”
To be honest, I am pretty much the only one to be blamed for that stress: I am responsible for my own time management. Yes, additionally to writing my MA for the University of Paderborn in Germany, I’m a full time student here at ISU. And yes, my wonderful job as Teaching Assistant is time-consuming as well. However, I still could have handled things differently, which would have given me more time and less sleepless nights. So, whatever you do and whatever you’re working on right now, don’t underestimate time and care about your time management!
Luckily, I have three wonderful angels by my side, J, S, and K, who saved me. And I am indescribably grateful to them for helping me to an extent I never dreamed of. And thanks also for the best Teaching Assistant Crew in our office! For making me laugh when I was close to crying, for sharing food when I was almost dying, and for not judging me for being a total outsider for some time.
But now I’m free. Now it’s just exams, assignments and tests. I can do that. That seems so easy now once that big burden is off my shoulders. So, I guess I just want you to know that I’m back to normality and that I hopefully will have some exciting or funny stories to tell you guys soon. If you’re still interested in some impressions and minor activities, enjoy some pictures! Until then, take care and be strong, whatever challenge it is you are facing right now ☺ K.