I’m not sure where to start on this one. The last post was written right before all my final exams and papers. I somehow managed to get two A’s and one B- for my classes from last semester, but that left me with a cumulative GPA of 2.959, which was just under the 3.0 I needed to get out of academic probation.
In undergrad at UTD, if you get into academic probation and aren’t able to get out of it within 2 semesters, there are a few other levels of probation and whatnot before you get dismissed from the university. However, in grad school, all you get is the one chance. So the second half of my December and the first few weeks of January was spent worrying about whether or not my adviser would be able to convince the Dean of Graduate Studies to not kick me out of the master’s program.
Luckily, he did, and I’m about to start the third week of classes. One of my friends also made me give him my 3DS and PSP for the semester, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep my shit together. Speaking of my 3DS, I bought Etrian Odyssey sometime at the end of December when it was on sale for $15, and somehow managed to put over 40 hours into it before giving my 3DS to my friend after the first week of classes.
I started working at NY&C again 2 weeks ago and made sure they made a note of not scheduling me for more than 20 hours/week. The first week, I probably worked somewhere between 25-30 hours, but that’s fine since classes were just starting up and I wanted to earn money to make up for not working for over a month lol.This past week, they scheduled me for 15, but then I got randomly promoted to management support associate (MSA), so I picked up another 5 hours or so from being trained on opening and closing the store. I get a $1.50 pay raise that should come into effect this week, and tomorrow will be my first time to open the store.
The company decided to remove some job positions (namely, part-time assistant manager) and add others (floor sales leader, pretty much same thing as assistant manager but with less pay and more restricted hours, I guess). Considering that my store has been undergoing management changes pretty much since I started working, and that we’ve been shorthanded in general, this change came at a bad time; I’m guessing that had a lot to do with me getting a promotion. Speaking of which, MSA is a temporary promotion, and I go back to being a regular sales associate once we get a full management team back.
The crappy part is that they’re having me open on Tuesday and Thursday this week from 9:30 – 12 (when I have class at 1), so they’re really desperate. I hope that this doesn’t become a trend, otherwise I’ll change my availability to where I can’t work on Tuesdays and Thursdays at all. Another crappy thing is that we lost one of our part-time managers because she decided the demotion to floor sales leader ($4 decrease in pay) wasn’t worth it, and took the severance package instead.
I’m not really sure what else I have to talk about. I have no idea how people can work all day and then get home and study for classes, though. I’m so mentally drained after working a full shift that I can’t do any studying unless it’s something menial. And since my classes mainly require reading, that means I just don’t study more often than not.
I’ve been getting up and going to sleep earlier and on a fairly regular basis since starting work at NY&C again, and also classes. I enjoy it, but I also wish it were easier to actually get up in the mornings. It probably would be easier if I had something to eat for breakfast. Speaking of which, I still need to go buy some groceries. Better wrap up this super-fragmented blog post quickly. It’s already 8 PM and I should be in bed by teeeeeeeeeeennnnn.
To end things, I guess I could list my vague new year’s resolutions here, since I did think of a few. I usually make any, since I’m of the school of thought that people should continually trying to improve themselves, so I guess this is more of me writing out goals I’ve been working towards, but in a more concrete/detailed way. I should probably write them down and tape them to my monitor so I see them daily, but meh, maybe later.
2015 New Year’s Resolutions:
- Make fewer impulse purchases
- Make fewer *large* impulse purchases
- Short-term goal: limit to one impulse purchase a month
- Update budget regularly
- When getting paycheck
- When making purchases
- Reconcile w/bank statement @ beginning of month
- Fewer purchases = moar $$$
- For food
- For bills, credit cards
- For financial buffer
- For THE FUTURE
- Keep up with classes
- Read chapters before class
- Review class notes & personal chapter notes weekly
- Update planner w/study timelines for upcoming assignments
- Use planner regularly
- Class assignments/exams
- Work schedules
- Meal plans
- Also helps with eating more healthily
- Blog more regularly
- 750 Words
- Such work
- Much time
- 750 Words