One Semester Down…How Many More to go?

Fall 2020 has Officially Ended – Hallelujah

Somewhere along the lines I got caught up in a whirlwind between school and work. I truly do not understand how people work full-time, go to school full-time and manage having a family. I can barely keep up with me, myself and I. But I survived my first semester.

So Here’s What I Learned

Planning only get’s you so far, especially if you don’t stick to the plan. I would tell myself that I would start my school work at a certain time, but sometimes I was not mentally ready. This of course resulted in me starting and ending later in the night than I would prefer.

Balance is truly the key to remaining sane throughout the process. I had one weekend where I did not have homework due, so I took a Saturday off and walked around an outdoor outlet mall (because there’s a pandemic after all). I would work on school related things such as reading, watching lectures, completing homework or studying Monday – Sunday. I eventually stated that I needed Sunday evening’s off to just relax and watch reality TV. You must build in time to recharge and take care of yourself.

Feeling overwhelmed will mostly likely be inevitable. There were days when I thought I could handle everything and others where I laid on the floor under my desk and cried. I just had to remind myself that I was able, capable and would get through it come hell or high water.

You need a support system comprised of people who will be understanding even when they don’t understand what you’re going through. It’s difficult when I can’t express my difficulties to my friends since they don’t know I’m in school (Read my Introduction for an explanation). However, the few family members that are aware listen to my random screams for help.

The moral of the story is that you can do this! Remember to breathe and take it one day at a time.

May you follow your dreams,

-T

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