Balancing Act

Two more weeks of fall quarter 2011

It’s been one quarter over a year since I started my study at Cal Poly Pomona. As I reflect back the past five quarters (fall ’10, winter ’11, spring ’11, summer ’11, fall ’11) at Cal Poly Pomona, I’m still amazed at how I was able to sustain what I’ve been doing on a routinely basis for over a year. With the exception of winter and summer breaks whose break lasted 3 and a half weeks each and spring break’s one week break, I’ve been commuting to school every week, Monday through Thursday. With slight variation to my schedule every quarter, I generally drive a distance of 22 miles to get to work by 5:30am – 6:00am, work until 2:00pm – 2:30pm, then commute 40 miles to Cal Poly Pomona to start my class anywhere from 3:00pm or 4:00pm to 8:00pm or 10:00pm (depending on the days). I then commute back home at a distance of 20 miles for a grand total of approximately 80-90 miles a day. I’ve been getting an average of 4 and half hour to five hours of sleep daily, no more than six hours during a weekday. The only days I get to sleep over six hours is the weekend, but only to wake up to catch up the preceding week’s worth of homework and project. In addition, I’ve been putting over 400 miles per week on my Acura RSX for the past year and spending anywhere between $200-$300 in gas per month; versus approximately $60-$80 if I am commuting only to work and back.

Suffice to say, fall quarter 2011 is coming to an end within two weeks and that means two weeks of massive stress, project scrambling and papers due. All this takes a back seat when I fast-forward 5 weeks from now and envision myself enjoying my much needed 10-day roadtrip vacation up north with my girlfriend. And of course, winter quarter 2012 will be my last quarter at Cal Poly Pomona. This means I will be done in six quarters, about a year and a half. Had I been more lenient with my schedule, I would not be graduating in a year and a half or six quarters. Instead, I would be graduating winter of 2013. That’s about 2 years and a half. I cannot possibly see myself committed to my current schedule for another year. :O

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