A College Life Update

October 28, 2019

I wish every week was fall break.

Unfortunately, it’s only this week, BUT I am so excited to sit down and talk to you guys.  I realized that I’m halfway through my first semester of college (which is crazy) and I haven’t given you an update of how it’s going, so I thought I would do that today.  Many people have been asking (and by many people I mean like 5) how I’m adjusting to this new lifestyle, so that’s what I’m going to be talking about in this post.

            I had a rough start.  I’m not going to candy coat any part of this because I want to be real.  I sort of expected the change wouldn’t be easy, but those first few weeks I felt like I was being thrown into an unfamiliar ocean and had to figure out how to swim.  Eventually I did figure it out, otherwise I wouldn’t be sitting here telling you this.  Needless to say, I had a very difficult time getting started.  I wasn’t prepared for how much time I would spend on homework and how hard it would be to just find some sort of a balance between school, work, and having a social life.

            This semester I am taking 15 credit hours, which I feel is about the average course load.  The way my school does classes, there are 8-week classes and 16-week classes.  It’s honestly all very confusing, but to sum it up, 8-week classes are basically 16-week classes done in 8 weeks, which also means twice the amount of homework.  I would say I spend about 8-10 hours on homework a week, depending on how much work there is/what the assignments are.  It’s very difficult to tell exactly how much time I spend on it because my days are full of other things.  On top of sitting in class for 15 hours a week, I’ve also been working 15 and a half hours each week. 

It’s a lot.  That’s why I’m so happy I can slow down and breathe this week.

            I actually don’t mind staying busy.  I’ve developed a pretty consistent routine, which is what I lacked in the beginning.  I’m the type of person who must follow their routines, otherwise I don’t know what to do with myself.  Routines are a huge part of my life.  It took me about a month and a half to develop a solid routine to accommodate my new busy schedule.  I made a video on my YouTube channel where I show you what it’s like to be me for a day.  You can check that video out here.

            I think one of the biggest things that’s kept me on track (besides lots of coffee) is staying healthy, mentally and physically.  I use the tips I talked about in my last post almost daily and I’m way less stressed when I have my life planned and organized.  I’ve been doing my best to become a morning person (still working on that part of my new routine) so I can get up, go to the gym, and then come back and get some tasks knocked out before I have to go to class or work.  I’ve also been trying to stay on a healthy diet.  This isn’t easy because I don’t have a lot of time to make good healthy meals.  I try not to eat out more than necessary, and I try to meal prep on Sundays so I can just grab and go during the week.  I think for me, staying healthy is super important to being successful.

            On the upside of things, I am truly thriving.  I don’t mean that I’m happy all the time every day, but in general I’m at a good place in life.  In college I feel like I’m actually getting somewhere; I feel like I’m one step closer to where I want to be and sometimes that’s the only motivation factor that keeps me going.  When times get rough, I have to stop and think about how far I’ve come already and stay focused on my goals and what I have to do to get there.  Sometimes it’s difficult to stay focused, sometimes I question what it is that I’m really working towards, and sometimes I just want to quit.  When that happens, I remind myself how far I’ve come and that I’m on the right path to where I want to be.

            No one ever said college is easy.  Because it’s not.  It’s hard, it’s stressful, and it’s honestly. just. exhausting.  But I know that I’m doing the right thing and I’m grateful that I am even able to go get further education.  I value education more than almost anything because I know it’s what will get me to where I want to be in life. 

            Thank you guys so much for following along with me throughout this journey and I’ll talk to you in my next post!

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