Beep. Beep-beep. Beep-beep-beep…
I’ve almost got the problem worked out, I just have to double-check two more phonemes. And then the blaring of the alarm clock going off jolts me into realizing that I wasn’t actually figuring out a linguistic problem, I was dreaming about my homework from last night…again. My brain, tired after a long night of trying to re-do my homework in my sleep, groans at the thought of having to wake up and actually function coherently. Here we go again…
While we do know that this Linguistics course will be worth it in the long run, it’s sometimes hard to remember that when we’re in the middle of a long, busy day of classes and homework. For those of you who’ve wondered “what do they do all day??” here’s a little glimpse into one of our “normal” 🙂 days:
Sometime between 5:45 and 7:00am we get up (depending on how late we stayed up working on homework the night before) and get going. Spend time with God, eat breakfast, shower, get ready for classes…you know the drill. Since the weather has gotten nicer, we try taking a walk around 7:30am to help us wake up and just to get a chance to talk to each other before the day gets busy.
8:00am finds us in chapel for small group prayer times (we get to hear about how God is working through missionaries around the world, and then spend time praying for them). By 8:30am, we’re done with prayer time and sitting in Linguistics class, ready for some brain stretching! 🙂
8:30am to 12:05pm we have Linguistics class, usually focusing on one particular topic or concept for the day. After learning some of the concepts, we get to ‘practice’ what we just learned on a few languages (usually 3-4 different languages per day). For example, yesterday we learned that in some languages, one sound could actually represent two different sounds in the same environment. Then we practiced that concept by working with four different languages to see how each of them applied that principle. In one language, the ‘sh’ sound could represent the ‘ch’ sound in some places, or a hard ‘j’ sound in other places. Talk about confusing!
We make and eat lunch from around noon until 1:20, when we have to be back in class for another hour of linguistics. We usually work on homework during that class period, but sometimes if we were struggling to grasp the concepts from that morning’s class, we talk through the principles some more.
At 2:30pm (on Mondays, Tuesdays and sometimes Wednesdays) Josiah does his grounds crew work detail until 5pm. I (Rachel) have work detail for an hour each day, cleaning the lobby of the main administration building here on campus. If either of us gets a chance to, we start on homework before supper, or do some housework so that we don’t get buried in laundry or dishes. 🙂
After supper, we work on homework until it’s done…which sometimes means we’re up until 1am, or other times means we’re done as early as 8 or 9pm! We usually average about 4-6 hours of homework per night, unless the homework is harder, in which case it could take more than 8hrs of work a day. If we finish homework before it’s too terribly late, we try to catch up on other things that need to be done (like paperwork, sewing, finances, etc). All in all, we have pretty full days, but in the midst of the business our goal is always to…“make the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph 5:16 ESV)