My IMC New Year’s Resolution for 2011

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It’s that time again. I thought I’d take a unique approach to New Year’s resolutions by focusing on IMC only. When it comes to IMC, there are lots of things I’d love to do better at in Early Spring. I want to participate more in discussions. I want to organize my course materials better. I want to write better. And after learning all about blogging last semester in my IMC 619 course, I realize that I need to be more active on our blog (I will try my best!).

But the most important resolution I have—and it’s something I’ve touched on before in this blog—is managing my time better. I have turned procrastination into an art, and I swear to you that I write/work better under the pressure of a looming deadline. That said, with two courses together in Early Spring and the IMC 636 capstone course immediately following, I don’t have time to piddle around. I’ve found that it’s possible to succeed at two IMC courses simultaneously if you really budget your time and stick to a set schedule.

One thing that I’m going to add to the schedule for the upcoming semester is more one-on-one time with Hailey. I didn’t realize how much my being in class was affecting her until our winter break, when as I was playing with her she said to me, “Mommy, you’re playing with me! Don’t you have homework?”  She’s 3 years old. I was crushed. After shedding a few tears and suffering from a severe case of “the guilties” I made a promise to her that no matter how much “homework” Mommy has next semester, our playtime comes first. Some things are just more important than discussion posts.  Which brings me to one piece of advice I have for those of you who are new to the program: Don’t forget to budget in some time for fun—time with kids, family, friends, sports, hobbies, etc.—whatever you love. That will keep you from becoming burned out and make you successful in the program long-term.

Good luck in Early Spring, everyone! Do you have any IMC resolutions you’d like to share?

2 Responses to “My IMC New Year’s Resolution for 2011”

  1. Dana H. Says:

    Thanks for the words of advice, Stacy! I’m new to the IMC program and am nervous about making sure I budget my time appropriately.

    I have to give it up to you for being a mom with a 3-year-old and doing grad school at the same time. Bless you! 🙂

    • stacywise Says:

      Hi Dana!

      Don’t be nervous! IMC 610 is a GREAT introductory course, and after a few weeks you will figure out a system that works best for you for doing discussion posts and writing papers. Everybody does it a little differently 🙂

      Good luck!

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