The boys are in exams at the moment, and so I thought I'd make myself useful today and start scoping out the concretes of a future timeline involving grad school here.
It's a bitch -- I ain't gonna lie. Lining up the end of contracts with university start dates and scholarship application guidelines, plus any potential time off in between for a trip home or moving house (which I will have to do).... it's given me a fucking headache. Not to mention imagining a worst-case-scenario budget, reflective of the severely fucked outcome that I end up with zero scholarship money whatsoever.
Mostly I'm just glad I took the day to sit down and hash all of this out because, even though we are looking at a year and a half to two years down the road here, there's a hell of a lot of prep work to be done in order to pull it off smoothly. But the two most important things, as always, are this:
1. Get TOPIK level up.
2. Save money.
I've been doing better at one of these things than the other. I won't tell you which. But today has been a good reminder that it's time to really get serious if I don't want my future plans to get fucked up on account of present lack of discipline.
On the other hand, skimming through course titles and descriptions has got me thinking that maybe I'll actually enjoy going back. I'll tell you one thing: I am determined to be able to focus on academics this time around, and not have my financial situation looming overhead. I just want to go to school. It's going to be hard enough, all on its own.
So. Vague. I know. But let me get a little further on with things, and I may get more specific. I'm still not being very specific with myself. Hopefully, it'll start to fall into place soon.
For now, I'm off to 회식, and then the bookstore to pick up more horrific TOPIK practice guides, and much more pleasantly, some new Korean readers. Since I'm nearly through mine.
It kind of feels a bit nice, this starting to feel a little overwhelmed again.