Two more days. Monday will be the first day of my second semester as a graduate student. This semester I’ve scheduled three courses, but I’m not absolutely sure if I can handle want to take three classes. Of course I can handle it but graduate courses can get pretty demanding and I don’t want to feel overwhelmed towards the middle of the semester.

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I guess the key to sucess would be to try my best to remain organized. (Isn’t that the key to almost everything?) And in addition to that, I want to have my own little workspace where I can actually work. Most of my work is done in my bed or in my living room. Can you imagine the amount of success I’ve had trying to complete assignments while lying down..in my bed.. on a pillow.. under my covers? Yea, not much considering the copious amounts of comfort that my bed provides.

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I must say, it was delightful to come home and be able to sit at my desk and review the information my professors provided me with today. And it may just be a mind thing, but having all the space that I need to put my books, notes, and everything I need to reflect, made me feel more productive and effective. I have my own little space in my room that provides just enough inspiration and motivation to work. Hard.

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I have major goals this semester and besides a pretty obvious one, which is to eliminate procrastination, I want to raise my GPA. I currently have a 3.5 and even though that’s pretty spectacular (:beep beep:), I know I can do better, especially if I don’t wait until the last minute like I usually do. I know it can be done if I strive to put in that extra effort that I know I can provide. After all, my family’s future depends on this.

calendar – Office Depot $6 | glass container for writing utensils – Dollar Tree $1 | Owl Tea kettle and dispenser – Big Lots $14
inspirational plaque – Burke’s Outlet $10 | desk – Walmart folding tablet $25

What are you all looking forward to next week?

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30 Comments
  1. Mylah Sai

    January 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Congratulations on your 3.5! That’s awesome! Next week, I’m looking forward to my first day of my second semester in esthetician school. I can’t wait to start taking clients!
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  2. Lourdes Jeanne

    January 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and your blog looks great! Love your photos. Anyways good luck on this semester!

  3. Kim

    January 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Good luck this semester. I started a new quarter last monday even though I don’t even have to because all my courses for my Master’s Degree are completed. I just can’t stop when there is so much I want to do so I’m working on a specialization. Grad school can be difficult and time consuming so I understand how you feel. Crazy me is trying to do it all 8 months pregnant. And I do all my school work from my bed. I guess that’s why it takes so long.

    1. Rae

      January 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Wow! I always love hearing about people furthering their education or just expanding their knowledge. Trust me.. I have REALLY tried to work from my bed, but I honestly can’t get anything done. Working from the bed is for professionals. LOL!

      Good luck this semester and God bless you and your family!

  4. Daenel T

    January 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Congrat! A 3.5 ain’t nothing to sneeze at, lady!

    I love your study space. I think having a dedicated space is definitely key to focus and hard work.

    Good luck, you can do it!
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  5. Aimee

    January 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I am feeling your anxiety! I am also enrolled in three grad classes this semester– on top of motherhood and being a teacher! Once the babes are down to sleep for the night… it’s hitting the books for me. Good luck!
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    1. Rae

      January 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Wow! Well, I’ll be cheering you on this semester as well, Aimee! (:

  6. Stephany

    January 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your desk set up! I seriously need to do something like that. Maybe that will be my next project. *saves for inspiration* lol. Like you said, most of my work is done on my bed!! It’s pretty awkward/uncomfortable especially when pulling allnighters :/. Congrats on the 3.5! That’s awesome especially because (I am assuming) grad school is more intense than undergrad.

    Goodluck this semester!
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    1. Rae

      January 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      I cannot begin to tell you the amount of crooks in my neck that I’ve gotten from “trying” to do work in my bed. Not good.

      Graduate school is more intense than the work I’ve done as an undergraduate, but as long as you stay focused and put in extra effort, it’s not as hard as it seems.

      Good luck to you as well Steph!

  7. Law_Fal

    January 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Good luck this semester! I am sure you will do fine!!!!

  8. Shannon

    January 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I LOVE your set up! I need to do the same for myself. I will most likely be going back to school in the Fall and I’m going to need a place for myself also. Not to mention, I’m currently trying to launch my own business so I’m definitely going to need a desk. I currently have a desk in my room but it’s pretty old and it takes up too much space. I’m in the process of moving so I’ll probably pick up another one after the move.

    I’m pretty sure you’ll do exceptionally well this semester. You seem to be very well organized and prepared! Good luck with everything :)
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    1. Rae

      January 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Soooo that’s why I haven’t seen much of you in my Google Reader? You have major things your trying to get going.. Well, I hope you achieve all that you plan to and more! (:

  9. Keys

    January 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    OMG! love the setup. it’s so cute.
    procrastination will be the death of me! i am THE worst!
    good luck with your goals <3

  10. Faye

    January 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I love your blog! Its themes and format are most definitely ones I can connect to…

    I look forward to following you on the journey. Follow back – http://thatnypoetgirl.blogspot.com
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  11. Faye

    January 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Also, I too am getting reorganized. I have TWO desks! LOL! I need to get another calendar for my newest desk too… Headed to Office Depot in a few to get some copies for a meeting and now, I just may have to pick up a calendar as well!
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    1. Rae

      January 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you! I’ve added you to my Reader.

      And I’ve been thinking about adding another one for my printer and other things, but I’m content with it being on the floor. LOL!

  12. LaNeshe

    January 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Good luck in the upcoming semester! It’s definitely a good idea to set a designated work space.
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  13. GG

    January 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Your work area looks so inviting! I love seeing the calendar and all the supplies and books. Can I come over and get some stuff done??? LOL! Good luck this semester! Take it as it comes. xoxo
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  14. Augustina

    January 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hey girl, heyyy! Thx or the well wishes. Anddd a 3.5… Dayummmm! Get at it. Love how organized you are and loveee those D&G specks! Best of luck to you this semester!
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  15. Hanny

    January 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I love the fact your desk can be folded, that’s good for space saving. That Owl Kettle and dispenser? Too cute! I’ve been seeing so many post on organizing especially the office room-> the desk. This makes me want to organize now! Good luck with this semester. Also I’ve always liked the bigger calendar for the desk. I like being able to see on the desk and write down than on the wall.

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    1. Rae

      January 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      It’s the new EVO 4G LTE. I LOVE it. It pretty much keeps my life in tact. Lol!

  16. Britton

    January 13, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Good luck on your semester and I LOVE your new workspace! I just love your pictures!
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  17. Carrie

    January 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I love how organized your desk is. Looks really neat! I want a nice desk set up like yours. =)

    I know graduate school must be overwhelming. I mean I’m only working on my bachelor’s degree and I feel like our professors overload us with course work. Ugh. Congrats on your high GPA! That’s awesome! I’ll be praying that you raise it. Keep up the good work Carla! :D

    1. Rae

      January 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Girl, Only?! LOL! Bachelor degrees are a lot of work as well. Graduate degrees just focus on a particular area which makes it more challenging because of the depth. Good luck with your degree! (:

  18. Sara

    January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Ah, good luck with your second semester as a graduate student! That’s definitely something to be both proud and excited about. ;)

  19. Courtnee

    January 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Can I just say I love the design of your blog! Congrats on your GPA and good luck finishing the semester out strong! I commend you, seeing as though I just finished undergrad a month ago. I want to attend grad school, but I am extremely burned out right now. So, Kudos to you love.

  20. Q

    January 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    love love LOVE the pics and the organization. #neatfreaks unite!
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  21. Mimi

    January 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Having a dedicated work space is so important. Where we are right now I don’t have much space so I am looking forward to moving. That will be one of the first areas that I set up. Everything looks so pretty. Yes for all of those ink pens!
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