As I’ve already mentioned in my last blog posts, and as pretty much everyone is saying, of all the university year, now is usually the most stressful. I’ve spent the past week back at uni comparing my progress on my essays with everyone on my course and it can be super tempting to lock yourself away and try to ignore it all, but this is actually perfect bonding time!
First of all, taking the odd break to chat with your housemates or family can be perfect for refreshing your mind. This creates a particularly supportive environment when your housemates are experiencing this stress too! One housemate and I have tried setting mutual goals so that we try to reach our own bite-size goals in the same time. The feeling of having someone else to complete your goal for, rather than just yourself, can be really motivating!
Don’t ignore your course friends! Even when your course friend seems to have progressed so much more than you, talking to your course friends about your work can still be really helpful. You can bounce ideas off each other and it’s always good to know you’re doing things right, or that at least if you are doing it wrong, there’s two of you in the same boat!
Although attendance in lectures and seminars gradually decreases over these few weeks, I’ve tried my best to make it to each one and I’m glad I did! I learnt more about how to go about my essays and discussed my ideas with my tutors and other students who gave me some great ideas so when I come home to work I’m ready, instead of spending more than half my time staring out my window trying to find my ideas in the clouds. Getting up to go to uni as normal also gives me the (completely inaccurate but still nice) feeling that I’m organised and have my life together!