The Daily Commuter: Sick of school already
Well we did it. We made it through another week of classes.
Now that the excitement of being at college has started wearing away, I’ve been able to settle in and start realizing just how much of a workload I have.
Something I’ve already learned and had to catch onto quickly was time management. I know you hear a hundred times before you get to college that you need to really manage your time, but I was definitely not expecting it to be this necessary so early in the semester.
Besides that, I’ve certainly been taking note of what’s been going on throughout the school day. One day in particular stood out to me.
I noticed that it seemed everybody had suddenly gotten sick. I guess that can be attributed to all this exposure to new germs and close quarters that we’re experiencing.
It’s times like these that being a commuter has its downsides. What I would’ve liked to do more than anything is go back to my dorm in between classes and lay down, but that wasn’t an option.
I guess this is a forewarning to everyone to remember to get your flu shots.
But back to classes. First of all, getting to school is a nuisance within itself. My first class on this particular day, the one where everyone, including myself, was sick, happened to start right around lunch time.
Which meant that traffic was terrible. So now I’m in class and finding it really hard to focus when all I want to do is go back to sleep.
All around me you can hear a symphony of sniffling and coughing. On to the next class. Nothing against the professors, but I really can’t focus in this class, sick or otherwise.
Between sitting in a cold room and there being tons of other students, I constantly find my mind drifting onto other things. Like the massive amount of other work I have to do and how much I regretted not eating lunch.
I had already gotten through two classes and still had one more, and the thought of food was becoming an increasing large distraction. Nevertheless, I was on to the next and final class of the day. I was quite looking forward to this one, knowing that I would get to see a newly-made friend and also that I really enjoyed the class itself. I can already tell that this is going to be one of my favorite classes. It’s one of those classes that you get to have group discussions, and I find that really appealing.
Finally, it was time to go home. Wishing that I could enjoy the thought of finally getting to relax more, I knew that I didn’t have time for that.
As soon as I got home, I had to start on all the assignments waiting for me.
I fought through, though, and managed to get quite a bit done. How I’m going to keep up the motivation, I don’t know, but I’m sure the motivation is there somewhere.
And that’s the end of another week. It’s definitely been more than I bargained for and I’m still trying to balance it all.
Between essays needing to be written, journals being due and the endless reading assignments, it can feel like a lot. But I guess that’s what college is all about.
Learning when to do work, trying to go to the gym, possibly finding a job and barely finding time for a social life.
It’ll get easier, though. People wouldn’t stick with it for four years or more if it didn’t.