Since deciding last week to go through with my little experiment, I’ve felt considerably less stressed out :) I haven’t been doing something crazy different every day, but just making the small changes here and there I think are a great first few steps in the right direction!
On Wednesday, I had two classes in the morning and then had a work shift scheduled for the afternoon. It was such a beautiful, warm day that day, and I had some time to kill before having to leave campus for work, so I decided to spend about half an hour lazing around on my university’s horseshoe area.
There were very few people walking around the horseshoe while I was there, so it made my experience even more peaceful and relaxing. Even though the day turned out to be quite warm, the grass in the shade was nice and cool and perfect to lay down on. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for too long, but I hope to make more time this semester for some extensive horseshoe relaxation.
On Thursday, I woke up at 7am and proceeded to spend almost 10 hours on campus doing nothing but classes and studying. After I finally got out of my lab at 6, I changed it up a bit and worked on some homework in a cute little coffee shop called Cool Beans near campus. I absolutely adore this little coffee spot because it is the only one of its kind in Columbia, and the coffee is absolutely delicious! There is also a cafe downstairs that serves breakfast and lunch during the day, and the food there is so great that I have yet to order something from this place that I haven’t completely enjoyed. I used to go to Cool Beans all the time during my freshman year of college but hadn’t really been since, so I figured I may as well go back at least for old time’s sake :P
I was able to get some serious amounts of work done, including some reading for class and making great progress on a t-shirt design I am doing as part of my new PR position. As I was leaving Cool Beans, I was excited to see that they actually stay open until midnight during the weekdays and pretty late on weekends. I love finding new places to study that stay open late (and that aren’t the library), so I will definitely be sure to keep this place in mind for next time!
As for the weekend, I kept it pretty low key. I spent a good deal of the weekend recouping from the long hours at school and work (read: sleeping and generally being lazy), which may not be anything exciting, but it was most definitely what I needed.
I’ll be posting again in a few days so stay tuned :P
Today started my second full week of being back in school, and I’m already feeling a little overwhelmed. So far, my 15-20 hour work weeks combined with my 18 credit-hours of classes this semester are starting to make it near impossible to plan anything extra in my spare time, be it some personal quality time or plans with my roommate/boyfriend/other friends, etc. As it is, I’ve already skipped a few of my classes due to pure fatigue from staying up late the night before either studying or working (or both).
The fact that I’m feeling this exhausted and burned out so early on in the semester is definitely something of concern to me. Two weeks in, and I already need another chance to start fresh. Unfortunately, since my classes have already been paid for, dropping a class is not really an option, nor is working less hours at my job… unless, of course, anyone knows of a fairy godmother who magically pays college students’ bills out of the kindness of her sparkly little heart.
Yep. Didn’t think so.
I am trying to stay optimistic though. Yes, I’m over half way through college. And yes, I’ve only got two more of the “best years of my life” left to experience until I am thrown, full-force, into the real world. But that’s also two more years that I should make the most of and discover new hobbies, make new friends, and go on some great adventures along the way. Why not take advantage of that?
So, I think one of the best ways I can prevent these next few months of school from swallowing me whole involves conducting a bit of a personal experiment on my part: I am going to try to do one thing different each day that I wouldn’t normally do. It’s not always going to be something big or major, or even that interesting to talk about, but regardless, I want to try to have a minimum of one unique experience each day that I may not have otherwise done.
I’ve reached a point in my life where even though I should know what I want, I still have not a clue what to do with either myself or my life at all. I’m trying to figure it all out as soon as I can, but it’s harder than I thought it would be. In the meantime, I’m open to exploring all sorts of different things while I still have some extra time to spare. I think this “experiment” will help me find some new loves of people, places, and interests, while also helping to make sure this semester doesn’t quickly become a monotonous cycle of school, work, studying, more school, more work, and more studying.
I have faith that this is going to be a good year. :)