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