It’s a new semester and hence I have a new schedule. My English Studies classes and Philosophy classes take up a lot of space for me, so I won’t have as much time to stream this time around, hence I wanted to talk about the changes today and what that means for my activities on Twitch and on WordPress!
First up, what does my actual university schedule look like right now?
Well, on Mondays, I’ve got a lecture on Hegel’s system as well as his critics from the time (aka Ruge, Kierkegaard, and Marx – but also others). It’s an incredibly interesting class but it also demands a lot of preparation before and after the class. This class is then followed up by my Grammar I class where I most likely won’t learn anything new anytime soon… but it will be helpful regardless in terms of not only getting a reminder on the tenses as well as some other functions… and maybe my writing style will improve afterwards as well. Hence, I’ll be at university from 10 AM until 2 PM on Mondays, which is quite relaxed overall.
On Tuesdays, I’ve got one lecture called “Mill: On Liberty” that was too full for me to attend yesterday. Given that only 60 people can participate in one room because of the pandemic restrictions, it’s no surprise that a popular class like this would be filled to the brim. Hence, I’ll have to try again next week and hope that enough people dropped out already… or I’ll just have to find a different lecture to fill the same spot in the module. This lecture is then followed by my lecture on English Phonetics and Phonology, which consists of a lecture as well as a tutorial. The tutorial part is based on what group you’re in: I’m in the A group, so I’ll have my tutorial next week. The week after that, the B group has theirs, so I can go home early. Essentially, I’ll be busy from 10 AM until 4 PM on this day, giving me a bit of space to study in the time between that.
On Wednesdays, I’ve got a lecture on American Literature, followed by a lecture on “Theories of global justice”. The former is about American culture, values, political affairs, and history and how all of that formed or influenced the topics as well as the formats of American literature in different eras… The latter is a Philosophy lecture about questions like “Should a country involve itself in another country’s political affairs for the sake of freedom and justice?” and that sort of stuff… and then we’ll read different philosopher’s takes on exactly that, which is going to be interesting. Later, I’ve got another class but it’s filled to the brim (the professor is very popular), so I’ll most likely need to replace that with something else in the same module and timeslot, which is a pain in the arse.
On Thursdays, I’ve got a class on Linguistics which is going to be interesting. The Introduction to Linguistics lecture is essentially about the main goals and research areas of linguistics, the core areas being modern linguistics, namely phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. It’s an interesting class, although it will also involve a lot of memorization, which is a bit annoying since I suck at that… but it still is a topic that interests me quite a bit, so I’ll put up with the memorization. Next up, I got another lecture in Philosophy on Classic German Philosophy from Kant to Hegel. This basically means context for the Philosophy class on Monday as well as a whole lot of reading for me… which I’m looking forward to. I’ll have to buy some literature and borrow some from the university’s library with the latter being a tad annoying due to the restrictions that we still have in place there.
At last, on Fridays, I essentially have a morning lecture on Feminist Philosophy, mainly focusing on Beauvoir, Irigaray, and Butler. It’s a longer lecture going from 9 AM until noon. I’ll then be able to head home since my next lecture on Adorno and the problems of Moral Philosophy starts at 4 PM. This lecture also lasts for three whole hours from 4 PM until 7 PM, meaning that I’ll only be able to head into the weekend around 8, which is a tad annoying. But the lecture is interesting and the professor, whilst a bit excentric, is incredibly well-informed and knows how to teach it. Hence, I’m both looking forward to that lecture as well as dreading the time it starts and ends at.
Overall, I’m happy with how the schedule looks this semester. Over the last few semesters, I ended up with days packed to the brim starting at 8 AM and ending at 6 PM with barely any time to recuperate between classes. Sure, each lecture starts 15 minutes later and ends 15 minutes early, giving you half an hour to move from one building to another or to go and grab a bite, but it still gets a bit stressful, especially when you have to move from one end of the campus to the other.
As far as my blogging activities go,…
…I’ll effectively be able to write blog posts in the evenings for the most part. Yesterday, I was too tired since I also had extracurriculars after my lectures and I also needed to get done with the preparation for today’s lectures and I needed to summarise what I learned yesterday, so I just went to sleep around 2 AM yesterday and woke up at 8, getting ready for class today, came back home nine minutes ago and started to write this post for today. You can see how that’s not exactly optimal really. I want to revive the literature club again this semester and I want to participate in the debating club meetings more often, so I’ll stick to those in terms of extracurriculars for sure. I won’t participate in this semester’s Drama Club production, though, as that is a lot more time consuming than any other activity. Sure, I love “Die Physiker” but I’d rather go and watch it than participate in all the rehearsals and drop other activities completely. I believe that the literature club and the debating club activities will be enough on a social level for me. So, those go from 6 PM until around 9 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Drama Club has been dropped for now (maybe in the future? …but I gotta focus more on my studies!)…
What’s more important is that I try to actually get the preparation done this week for my classes on the same day and then I’ll probably see how that exactly works for me or if I’ll just move the prep work to the “breaks” I have on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as the Monday evening. And for the course on American Literature, Feminist Philosophy, Hegel, as well as Adorno, I can basically study on Saturdays instead since those will take up a lot more time due to the amount of reading I’ll have to do. Hence, if I can get that sorted out, I may end up writing posts in the evenings still… or I’ll do it in the mornings partially before university starts and then I’ll add the finishing touches in the evenings, essentially splitting the work for it to be released on the next day. I also only just noticed that the year is nearly over and I’ve already posted for 296 days in the row, meaning that I’m nearly at a year? I’d love to keep this streak alive for sure.
Either way, my university stuff is gonna keep me busy but I’m confident that I’ll actually make a lot of progress this semester, especially in my Philosophy classes! Blogging is basically going to continue as per usual, although I’ll still have to figure out whether or not I want to schedule posts for around 8 AM or rather at midnight – and also… do I want to post reviews on specific days and work towards those or do I want to still “just wing it” for now. What’s more exciting is that I’ll be hosting November’s JCS, so look forward to that! I’m also thinking of potentially opening up guest blog opportunities again for anyone that is interesting, although I’ll still have to figure out what exactly I’ll do there or what I’m looking for.
Last but not least, I’ll have to stream less this semester.
Frankly, it has been nice to stream for five days a week over the semester break and between exams but I won’t be able to do that as much anymore because of how busy university is. So, the new Twitch schedule goes as follows: On Mondays, I’ll continue my first playthrough of Dark Souls 3. We played it in July of 2020 before but I forgot everything about it and last Monday we actually beat Iudex Gundyr and the Vordt of the Boreal Valley already… so I’m looking forward to what comes next! On Thursdays, we’ll first beat the remaining parts of Outer Wilds’ DLC, Echoes of the Eye, before eventually heading into a new story-driven game. :) On Fridays, I’ll do one-shots of Indie Games for my “First Impressions” posts or I’ll try things out and just see what a game is like and how much I’ll like it. I’ll also potentially stream on Saturdays sporadically but that really depends on my plans as well as my internet connection (since that tends to get a bit slower in the evenings).
The times can be found in the picture above but if you don’t feel like actually checking what GMT+2 and whatever is in your timezone, you can also just check my Twitch Schedule page. There you can basically see when I’ll approximately be live and what I’ll stream, etc. Times are localized in your timezone. Overall, I’ll go for four-hour streams (potentially less) and be less frequent but I’ll try to keep it consistent instead. Since I have activities on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, I won’t stream on those days. This also gives me time to revision and prepare my lectures. I believe it’s better to decrease the quantity but increase the quality of the streams, so that’s my goal for the upcoming months. In January, there will most likely be a decrease in streams as well due to the upcoming exams, although that really just depends on when I’ll have them and how prepared I am. Either way, I just figured this might be a nice prompt to talk about and uh, it took me relatively long to write this all out but hey, twenty minutes is still a good time and I haven’t even destroyed my keyboard yet. If I can get faster at it and increase my 90w/m speed more, I may potentially be able to write even more posts per week… just kidding. :D