Rant: Stress and Pressure

We all have stress in our lives, whether you’re a student or you work. Lately I’ve been feeling this stress A LOT. This is just a little rant to try and let out my feelings and work out what I can do about the whole situation.

I’ve just finished the first week and a half of of my second semester at university. One of my exams went brilliantly, the other not so much but not TOO bad. Ditto my two assignments. This Thursday I have to hand in another assignment and I’m freaking out. I’ve always been a bit dodgy in time management, and I’ve now found myself with far too much to do and far too little time to do it in. I sense that tonight will be a sleepless night.

I’m only in first year. This is only my first Linguistics assignment. Strictly speaking I could not hand this in and still pass if I work damn hard on my second assignment and exam. But the thing is, I don’t want to fail any of my assignments, or any of my exams, regardless of how “worthless” they are in the long run. This year doesn’t count for anything towards my degree. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try, right?

I’ve always been my own biggest critic. I heap pressure on myself and then get completely dejected and freaked out when it seems like things aren’t turning out right. And it’s not like there’s a lot of pressure from anywhere else – my parents are supportive and so are my friends. It’s just me. I always want to be better and better and it ends up burning me out. Hopefully somewhere in the course of my degree I’ll learn how to manage myself and my life much better. I guess until then I’ll just have to…keep going and try to relax while I can?


2 thoughts on “Rant: Stress and Pressure

  1. Third year student giving my two cent’s worth here. I was pretty much exactly the same in first year – and still am now! University is a stressful time if you want to do well, which you clearly want to do. It’s all about managing that stress and making sure it’s not taking over your life – ie devoting time to study, and devoting time to relaxing. I think you’re doing exactly the right thing by wanting to be diligent in first year despite not getting any actual degree marks, because when it comes to second and third year you’ll really appreciate all the time and effort you put in now. Keep going, and understand that stress is necessary but completely manageable. Keep venting on your blog, and chat to your friends about it. You’ll get there!

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    1. Thank you!! I’ve always found it hard to split my time between work and relaxing, but I think I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve been at uni. I definitely want to work hard, and it’s nice to know that other people felt like this in first year as well – I’m perpetually jealous of those people who don’t seem to do any work and still manage to get through it! Thanks for the advice 😀


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