Overload. Confusion. Definitely not ready to start a new project after having 2 weeks off for ‘reading week’ – and not even managing to read one book. I’m sure (well, I hope), I’m not the only student that feels exactly like this after they’ve just come back from holidays. Monday morning lecture is definitely not the one.
When university students tell you how much of a messed up sleeping pattern they have, please believe them – it is hard to get back into your normal daily routine when all you’ve been doing for past weeks is eat and sleep. Trying to get yourself back in the mood of actually wanting to study is a different story. I am a lazy person, however I do always feel like I have a lot going on during the day. I am constantly on the move – if I’m not at lectures or seminars, I would be in the library or gym, or doing other sort of activities that student species enjoy doing the most – socialising. It’s strange to believe but it really is exhausting. It is quite so obvious that some of these activities may be skipped and wouldn’t harm my lifestyle at all, but it is important to keep in mind that you do sometimes need to have fun because this is our only time of freedom.
An advice about socialising: don't overdo it
At the beginning of the new term, the tutors brief you on a new module you will be working on – trust me when I say it is an overload of work, especially when all you feel like doing is going back to bed. We all have or will have this embarrassing moment of falling asleep in the lecture, or even worse – seminar, and getting woken up by your tutor. Unfortunately, that happened to me already, also in both cases (best thing to remember is trying to come back home early from a night out). A good advice right here: just stay in that one night of the week, you do not need to go out every evening – this is to everyone that, like myself, suffers from FOMO - Fear Of Missing Out. Reading this I have realised that I have made myself sound like such a pessimistic and lacking motivation woman. Times get hard but no-one ever said life would be easy.
Karolina Wilczek, Fashion Communication and Promotion student at Nottingham Trent University