That beginning of the semester panic…

So, my spring semester started yesterday, and I’m more than a little disappointed by the end of my vacation from school. It never seems long enough, even though in college the breaks between semesters are way longer than they ever were in grade school.

But my main concern is my work load for the semester. I’m only taking two classes, which is pretty standard for grad school, but the amount of work that we’re expected to do for each class is always slightly baffling. There are always several lengthy articles or book chapters to read, forum discussions to have, and weekly assignments to complete. All while going to work every day and trying to keep up with all of the adult life tasks that pop up on a daily basis.

I know I shouldn’t complain. I’m very glad to be able to go to grad school and study a subject that I really enjoy. However, I still always have this moment (or week) of panic when I see just how much work I’ve signed up for. And I’m never quite sure how I’ll manage to do it all. But I still somehow find a way.

Does anyone else have this problem? How do you cope with the work load, the panic, and the stress?

Alyss