I think a lot of us are the same when it comes to a new academic year, and even a new semester. We all vow that we will never again leave something until the last minute, we will do extra reading throughout the semester, and we will be more organised. And on top of that we often want to find time to commit more to a society, do more exercise, and socialise more. If you’re anything like me, most of these probably drop by the wayside after a few weeks and by the time exams come around you’re cursing yourself for not doing more reading throughout the semester etc etc. But, I’m not deterred by previous failings and I’ve come up with three new academic year resolutions.
- Exercise more – I’m simultaneously blessed and cursed by being in fully catered accommodation (three meals a day, every day, with constant access to toast). I love not having to cook for myself, but I paid heavily last semester and put on weight. When I weighed myself at the gym towards the end of the semester, I was shocked. So this time around I’ve joined the College netball team and I’m also going to enter a 10k race at the start of June. Now I’ve said it here, I have to do it.
- Get out more – I have more free time this semester (yay) so I’m going to do all those things I’ve been planning on doing for the last seven months. I’ll be going to an Aussie Rules Football Match, doing some coastal walks, and spending more time in the city. I’ve got a list of 18 things to match the 18 weeks I have left here, so I better get a move on.
- Do more work – so last semester I decided to take a lot of 100 level units which is basically first year content. My logic was that it would help me to settle in to university, get a feel for how the system works here, and also I could try some new topics (counter-terrorism and Indigenous studies) without worrying about it being too advanced. And because I did more basic courses I could leave a lot of the work until last minute. This time, though, I’ve gone for 200 and 300 level units. Some of them are geography (yay, I’ve missed you), and some aren’t. I’ve decided to step it up a bit so that when I come back to Leicester it’s not a shock to the system having to dive straight into final year stuff, and it also means I can do some geography modules that we don’t have at home. But this means I need to be more on top of work.
So it’s going to be a busy semester – I’ll be working more, exercising more, and getting out more! But I’ve managed to create a lot more free time for myself in the week so hopefully it will all balance out. Now watch this space to see how I do/see how quickly it all goes wrong!