|added Tue March 28 2006 at 10:05 PM
|Man, school really sucks. And the more I *have* to work 16 hours a day, the less likely I am to be able to stay on task for more than 5. I wasn't being especially productive, so I figured I'd spin out a quick update and hope that once I write it all down I'll be able to get back to work for a little bit before I give up and go to bed.
Unfortunately, I wasn't joking about the 16 hours a day. School is speeding toward the end of the semester and the intensity is about to kick up one more notch. As I probably complained in my last update, every professor thinks that he (not being sexist, all my profs are guys this semester) teaches the most important subject. And I'll even admit that all the classes I'm taking really are important in one way or another. That doesn't mean I'm going to be able to dedicate any more time to them, though.
Heat transfer- I just got done with a test. Who knows how I did. I didn't finish it in the time alotted, but he's generally fairly generous with partial credit for setting up the problem correctly. I would not be the least bit surprised if I got a 70 or a 90. I did a conservative estimate of how much time it would take if I actually did all the homework. Three reading/homework assignments every week. Each reading takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Each assignment has three problems. It takes me about 20 minutes to set up each problem before I go to class. Each problem usually takes about an hour (or more) to complete after class. That means 4.5 hours, three times a week (you'll notice that I even rounded down). 13.5 hours a week.
Civ- I can't say that I didn't know about the paper or the book before now (I've known since at least the end of February). That doesn't change the fact that I'm supposed to read a 1000 page book at the same time as I'm writing a 13-17 page paper. Please keep in mind that I'm not an especially fast reader. If I'm lucky, I'll average 1 page a minute. I'm rarely lucky. I'm also a *horrible* writer, when it comes to assigned writings. Maybe a page an hour, again if I'm lucky. Let's say I'm lucky. 15 hours over the next week plus 17 hours over the next two weeks.
ME 578- I don't recall the official course title off the top of my head, but this is the programming CAD class. I feel really bad about this class, because it's a topic I genuinely care about and it unfortunately gets the short stick on a regular basis. I spent 10 hours working on it this past weekend, and I really should be doing that on a much more regular basis.
Computer Aided Geometric Design- homework usually only takes a couple hours, and there's only one assignment every week or so, but right now I'm looking at an assignment due thursday and a project that the prof warns will be hugely time intensive due in a couple weeks. Lets say the project takes about 20 hours total (not a bad estimate, probably- about what the last two projects have taken). I'll say for sake of argument that I should work on it for 10 hours this week.
Work- I really feel bad for the quality of time I end up working. Ever sit in front of the computer and the ideas just don't flow? I can tell myself ten times that I just need to write the stupid function and see if it works. Instead, I spend so much time second guessing myself and not trusting my instincts. Bad Jo-Pete. At any rate, work is 20 hours a week (I usually shoot for 19.5).
All this does not count time sitting in class (I really need to attend all the lectures, so this time is non-negotiable). I'm actually sitting my butt in a classroom 3 hours a day except Friday, when it's 5 hours. 17 hours.
Now here's the sad fact of being me: I'm not 100% efficient. When I'm at 100%, I can knock out near absolute efficiency if I get caught up in what I'm doing, but the vast majority of the items on this list are not things I can really get caught up in. Let's assume that I can actually make myself work for 3 out of the 4 hours that I tell myself I'm going to work. That's extremely generous. This counts everything from having to use the bathroom, making food, being distracted by friends that I work with, not being able to focus at all (common occurence the last couple of weeks), and any reading I decide to do on the side when I should be working. Perhaps it's too generous.
Add on to this that I can't really operate on less than 7 hours of a sleep a night for long periods of time, and that's another 49 hours.
Add everything up, and I'm at 173 hours a week. Would you care to guess how many hours are in a week? 168. Heck, before I added in the efficiency problem, I was working 70-93 hours a week. This doesn't count anything to do with church (3 hours sunday + 2 hours institute+1 hour FHE), time it takes to walk to and from school, and definitely not any dates.
School really sucks.