Last time I tried to post this, my nice little post disappeared. Testing again tonight to see if it works….
Yes! Okay, I’ve still been busy. Like I was saying, I’m working the night shift for an university, as a monitor for the residence halls. Night shift is an interesting thing to experience. It does get a little bit easier to stay up all night the more I do it, but if you don’t get proper rest, you will fall asleep on the job. Which is, obviously, not the best thing to do…
The trouble with night shift work, however, is the lack of orientation in time. Normally we’re awake during the day, sleep during the night, and this way we keep good track of the passage of days. But with my night shift work, I sleep in the afternoon, go to work, come home, sleep in the morning, and wake up for the midday. So, needless to say, I’m getting very confused as to what day it is. I think today is a Saturday.
The other issue is connected to the sleep schedule. Normally I have a nice big chunk of time to work on school in the afternoon/evening, so I can sit down and focus and accomplish things. Now, I’m scrambling to focus in the middle of the night, because I can theoretically work on schoolwork when it’s dead. But my “education brain” quits working after about midnight or so, and it gets dead around here at midnight or so. That doesn’t work out so well.
When I’m awake during the day, I’m doing errands and trying to get other things done around the house…and I’m still babysitting for that large family. So it brings me to the point where I have to ask, “School? What school?” Yet I try.
I’ve interviewed for a full time day job position at an university library, and I’m crossing my fingers that I will be called back for a second interview, and then hired, because a day job, though full time, would make it easier for me to focus on school and get proper rest.
I know I’m fortunate to have a job in this economic recovery, but quite frankly, the night shift isn’t for me. I can do it, but it adversely affects my life and education.