Lately I’ve been in a bit of a slump.
It might be because I am still going through school even though everyone else I know is on summer vacation. It might be the fact that the only thing I do is college from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. only to come home and do university courses for the remainder of the day. It might be because it is June but it feels more like October. Or it might just be because I am a teenage girl and ups and downs are such a big part of life – or at least my life.
For the last four weeks I have been part of a very fast paced semester at college. To be more specific my course involves trying to shove an entire semester worth of grades, information and assignments into six very short weeks. If this doesn’t sound stressful to you – you have never tried it. And if it does sound stressful to you – welcome to the training of an up and coming journalist.
On top of college I had the brilliant idea to take online university courses throughout the summer – you know, to lighten my load next year. Although I am sure this will pay off in the long run – it is complete hell right now and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone – but ask me again in October when the rest of my friends are crying over midterms and I’ll be watching Netflix in my pajamas.
I know how important education is in today’s society. And trust me when I tell you I am thankful for the opportunity to get both my diploma and bachelors at the same time. And I am ecstatic to be going through a journalism course because lets face it, it is extremely awesome especially when you get to meet people like Cheryl Hickey and sit at a real live news desk at 19 years old. But just because I am excited and just because I am thankful doesn’t mean there aren’t days when I want to throw in the towel or hide in my bed for the rest of eternity – because those thoughts cross my mind a lot more often then I will ever admit.
It’s not easy growing up in such a fast paced society. University and college don’t even begin to compare to high school. It doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are, you’re probably not. And just when you think you’ve start to get a grip on your current life, your four years will be up and you’ll be tossed into the real world which I’m sure doesn’t even begin to compare to university. Basically what I am telling you is that it doesn’t matter how much prep work you do, because you don’t get to be prepared for the world like you can be prepared for a test. It just isn’t realistic. And I am figuring that out first hand.
But there are a few things that college has taught me, especially since it is consuming all of my time:
- Friends are so very very important. I’ve always been sort of a loner; I never made a huge effort to keep up friendships because I’ve always been extremely busy and focused. I am so extremely happy that I change that during this six weeks away – because I can honestly tell you I wouldn’t have survived this program without my friends here to keep me going.
- You will get used to the 7 a.m. alarm that every single teenage dreads. And even though mornings absolutely suck 99% of the time – I have to admit it is kind of nice having a few extra hours a day.
- Just because you are completely busy and overwhelmed you should not stop doing your hobbies and the things that feed your soul. I tried this, so if you only take one thing away from this, please listen to this point. Just because you are completely overwhelmed with assignments and readings and lack of sleep – make time to do the things that calm your soul. I haven’t written anything for majority of my college duration. I didn’t have time. But that was an excuse, because there is always time to do the things that are important to you. In the last four weeks, I have had killer headaches and tortuous nightmares because there were so many words trapped in my head – and I realize now that this pain I was suffering was self inflicted because my brain needs to write down and get rid of most of the thoughts that fill my mind.
- Not every teacher will like you – especially when your classroom only has 18 other students in it. Do not take it personally. It takes way to much energy to take things like that personally.
- Enjoy it. Enjoy every single stressful day and mental break down because it will go by so much faster than everyone tells you it will.
Getting your education isn’t an easy task. I can say this first hand. But there are definitely ways to make it a little less painful. Honestly last year I was in a slower paced environment with way less work, and I was 100X unhappier. Follow your dreams, set your goals, and then work like hell to achieve them. No body is routing against you, even if it seems like it some days, I promise that everyone in your life has your back on this.