It’s been almost a month and a half since the end of semester one, so I’m sure you’re already struggling back into student mode after the holidays. As always, the mid-semester holidays gave us a great opportunity to take a break, relax, and switch off from university. So, how do we gear up for semester two?
It’s important that you pace yourself during the semester. Most importantly, don’t feel that you should stay in high gear all the time to get everything done. You will get there, but not by cramming! Don’t burn yourself out either — some of us learn that the hard way. It is much better for your health and happiness to space your studies out. If you find that you’re slowing down around week four, take a step back and re-evaluate how much time you’re putting into all that study. It won’t hurt if you take a few hours off here and there, just to recharge.
Don’t panic if you fall behind either. Sure, late nights mean that you can get extra work done, but is it worth coming to university the next day and trying to function on so little sleep? You can always ask for an extension on an assignment, but you can’t repeat the valuable class-time you miss out on by taking a nap in a lecture!
Take care of yourself during this time of year. You will get the work done, even if it means you have to put in a few extra hours during the day. It helps to write out a daily or weekly schedule, and it might be time to pick up a free student diary from the Student Centre (it’s never too late for one of those).
You shouldn’t let anything hold you back. Put in the hard work and effort. Keep working towards that degree, and when you get to the end, you’ll be able to look back with a sense of pride and accomplishment. When motivation is hard to come by, remind yourself of why you started the course to begin with.
There are seven weeks before the mid-semester break. “Seven weeks?” I hear you say. Yeah, I know, but it will fly by. Look at how fast this year has gone already. If you survived last semester, with the 7/5 structure, I know everyone can survive this semester. Just think: at the end of it all, we get a sweet three month holiday!
Whether you’re coming to class for a degree, a job at the end, to learn new skills, or to do something you love, you’re halfway through the year, and you’re doing amazingly. It can be bloody hard sometimes, but we’re here because we know that in the end, it will be worth it.
By Sarah McLean