I have been pretty stressed out the past few months. As a result of being an emotional eater, I’ve put on a considerable amount of weight, which just led to me being even more stressed out which led me to eat more and so on and so forth. Yes, I had become an Austin Powers villain.
I am working toward going back to a healthier weight. I’ve been consistent with my gym routine again, which is my main form of therapy. I cannot stress enough how good I generally feel mind, body and soul when I get into that groove.
Getting ready for graduate school is stressful enough, getting ready for grad school overseas is even more so. As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be attending NYU Madrid and receiving a M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Studies with a concentration in Applied Linguistics: Spain and Latin America. In other words, Masters in Spanish Linguistics.
This is Madrid’s POST OFFICE. I want to go to there.
Most people do not understand what linguistics is and what the study consists of. Essentially, linguists will specialize in a specific area that deals with language; some deal with how the brain processes language (psycholinguistics/neurolinguistics), sounds (phonetics/phonology), meaning (semantics), etc. I am a sociolinguist; I deal with how people use language and perceive others’ use of language. I am a nerd.
Yes, I am a nerd. No, this is not me.
However, the process involved with applying for a student visa (which includes a lot of annoying things like getting a doctor to clear you of cholera, yellow fever and bubonic plague. BUBONIC PLAGUE! Who even gets that anymore? I mean, come on. It’s 2012, not 1412) has been frustrating, especially with all of the additional paperwork involved with the program, finding an apartment in Spain, planning the travel itinerary, preparing for the classes and research, gathering funds to cover the expenses… it’s all been quite exhausting.
Couple that with working fulltime at Parables & Books, which I love, can just become so overwhelming. The curriculum has been a once in a lifetime and truly rewarding experience, although extremely tedious at the same time. Working with a few authors on publishing their first books has also been so amazing but leaves little room for much else.
I just want to make sure I cover all of my bases before I leave and am as well prepared as possible for this huge turning point in my life. Sometimes, I get so overwhelmed that I feel like running as fast I can and just screaming off the top of my lungs. But then if I did that, I would look like a crazy person and I do not need to worry about the Spanish Consulate denying me a visa due to mental illness. Maybe I should just go to the gym and call it a day.