“What?” I ask.
“Four A-levels, a part time job, running the student union at college, as well as any other extra curricular you do”.
Friends, I still don’t really have the answer. To be quite truthful, I may never have it. However, maybe you might find out for me. I’ve tried to list some things I do, and some things I don’t do, in the hopes that maybe it might give you the answers you’ve been looking for and, for others, some ways to improve or maintain your current student lives.
- I get my work done on time, if not in advanced. I try to mentally plan out the week ahead and block off time when I know I need to study. For example, I’ll block off some of Tuesday to complete Thursday’s homework, or revise for a test (to be held on Monday) on Saturday afternoon. Those couple of days gap may be a life saver if anything spontaneous happens!
- I don’t watch a lot of TV. You name it, I probably don’t watch it: Friends, The Crown, Call the Midwife, X Factor, any soap you can name, the latest season of Brooklyn Nine Nine (though I do want to catch that up!). I’ll watch something in the evening, but I don’t have the dedication to be a major box set fan, and I can’t rewatch any episodes.
- Speaking of evenings, I’m in bed for 10 o’clock most nights. I can’t understand how students who fall asleep at 1 or 2 am can even function the next day.
- I try to attend yoga each week. I love it, and highly recommend starting a class if you find that you can’t relax, or your brain is always super busy and you’d like it to be a little clearer. Plus, you become a little more flexible and toned in the process!
- I LOVE my job (teaching young people how to dance), so I’m always motivated to work. If you don’t feel motivated or enjoy what you do, chances are that you spend time recovering afterwards on your phone. Not only for your well being, but to save time afterwards, try to find a job where you don’t mind – or maybe even enjoy – working.
- When it comes to studying, my desk is always ready to go. If it isn’t clear, you have to spend time finding space to work, and chances are you’re putting off the inevitable. If that’s the only clear space in your bedroom or home, then it’s worthwhile. That way, you can bring up a drink and school bag, dive right into your work, and get the job done – no fuss!
- I think that’s my attitude to anything I do – I try to achieve it with minimal fuss. Less fuss = less time procrastinated = more time afterwards to enjoy something else (blogging, knitting, being a mermaid – all genuine pursuits!). Being a student isn’t about not having a social life and just dedicating your days to studying; finding a balance and staying healthy & happy is the true goal of being a student, which most people ignore or claim impossible (which it isn’t!)
- Lastly, I listen to a lot of music. If you can concentrate, I’d recommend playing some background music whilst revising and homework-ing. Just because you’re studying, doesn’t mean you should live like a monk. Also, if you associate studying with boring isolation, you’re not going to feel motivated to study anymore.
However, I don’t do everything and there are things I struggle with, to name a few:
- I don’t read enough super-curricular stuff. So many wonderful physics books, too little time!
- I don’t have Snapchat. Maybe for fear of the time it will consume or how many streaks I’d break.
- I struggle to have a good argument or discussion with someone, especially about physics. Maybe because I don’t read enough super-curricular to feel I have something to contribute (back to point 1!). Or maybe because I feel insecure about making a mistake, causing people to judge me on knowledge that “I should know”.
I’m only human 🙂