Orientations are always "put-the-fear-of-god-into-you" themed

As I sat in the mini-orientation for the graduate school program I begin in June, one theme repeated itself: You will never ever ever have time for anything other than school while in this program.
Now, I realize most graduate school programs feel that way, but that was just for the full-time, 24 month students. It is what seems to be a fairly standard class load: 9 credit hours in the summer and 15 in the fall and spring. When you do the calculations on a standard of "for every hour of class you should be studying three hours outside of class" it comes out to 36 hours. Easy-peasy.
What that doesn't include is a 15-hour per week on-site practicum that must be completed, which comes out to an additional 240 hours per semester. That brings the grand total "time commitment" up to 51 hours per week, all because of the on-site practicum.
Oh, and did I mention that I am actually doing all of this in 20 months as opposed to 24? Yeah, it's expedited. So during the second summer I get to do a 30-hour per week practicum on top of two classes.
Don't get me wrong, I'm actually really looking forward to the practicum more than anything else. A lot can be learned in the classroom, but being out doing is an entirely different kind of learning.
That doesn't mean I'm not going to die.
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