During the course of this immersion week into our new classes, I found myself telling a classmate that the classroom may end up being where I get my social time this semester. Now, at the end of the first week of classes, I’m not so sure if that is the case entirely but it has been a bit of an overwhelming week. Aside from the Ministry in Context program I will be taking Hebrew, Systematic Theology 1, Preaching, and a doctoral seminar on 1 Corinthians. Yikes. I know that my class situation is not as busy as it could be. I have a colleague who is taking 6 classes this semester (crazy!!!). I also know that I am not alone in my feeling of overwhelmed as a junior MDiv student told me earlier today that his week has been like “taking a drink out of a fire hose.”
I’m starting to remember, however, that on Thursday most of us take one big collective sigh of relief and somehow can discover enough time to live the lives we have outside of class. Today after school, I saw a large group go over to Jimmy’s for a celebratory drink. I am currently doing laundry and getting myself ready to jam with a good friend of mine later this evening. Looks like the classroom won’t be my only source of social interaction after all. Still, though, it is somewhat difficult to imagine having a life while classes are beginning.
Ultimately, for me, it will come down to making time for myself. I want to jam, talk with people, play the occasional videogame, exercise, grab some sushi, and take a little time to go visit family in other parts of the country. It will be important for me to remember that this all doesn’t have to happen at once, but that it will happen all in good kairos.
Until Next Thursday!