So I feel my last post left out some important details about the last few weeks and how I’ve changed my thoughts…
Year 2 semester 2 has, yet again, shown me a new side to university life. Semester one went very quickly, maybe too quickly, and getting the right mix between my course, my friends and my hobbies became a big deal. Priority became the buzz word and I found comfort in spending time with friends as much as possible. They gave me a respite from a course that wasn’t living up to my expectations, and hobbies that I just didn’t have time to do justice. I found a new side to me that I hadn’t let myself explore before, and it gave me a new confidence with who I was.
This semester has given a new challenge. I’ve realised that blaming my course won’t get me anywhere in the long run and if I want to make the most of university life, I need to start thinking of them as two separate things: “university” and “life”. That’s not to say that university and my course is not exciting or to say that I don’t see it as part of my life. What I mean by that is I need to realise there is a time for both, and they are not the same. So to tackle this I’ve been trying a new theory.
My new theory is to be on campus by 9am every day, and stay there until 5pm. This time can be used to attend lectures, revise, or just meet up with people. But it means I’m making the most of the day. Then the evenings are mine to socialise. So far I feel this has worked well, but it does mean I get back home at 7-8pm every day absolutely shattered.
This is so much better than my last theory which was to work in the evenings and enjoy the daytime. This failed on the grounds that I was not in the mood to work after a day of relaxing, and any little thing provided a great distraction to avoid work.
That’s the other reason this new theory works so well, campus has so few distractions compared to home, where Anne, Viv, Will, music and food ensure no work is done. But it’s a great place to relax after a busy day. Especially recently I’ve really enjoyed talking to Anne for hours on end…
Semester 2 is also a new socialising challenge. I’m spending a lot of time with my housemates, but also MAD TV people. Other than that I’ve been occasionally meeting up with old friends. I’ve gone off comedy night and instead I’m really into Open Mic night. It’s an acoustic night held in the union bar every Thursday. I’ve also kinda gone off the union slightly and I want to make it a personal aim to go out more in town where I still have so many places to try out! It’s difficult though because I know I’ll always find people I know in the union, whereas a trip into town would need to be thought out in advance.
There is no way I could say for certain how this semester is playing out, but I think it’s off to a good start. Who knows, I may find another new me.
- Happiness. 8 out of 10
- Tiredness. 4 out of 5
- Workload. 8 out of 10
- Last Meal. Snacks in the box at Sheffield Arena!
- Song of the day. Jay-Z - Empire State Of Mind
- Thought for the day. Short & shmexy haircut, thanks Bex :D x
- What I’m Doing Now. Looking forward to ice skating tomorrow