Illness, Deadlines and Inverness!

Hey everyone. It’s been a busy, stressful few weeks, which hasn’t been helped by me falling ill a couple of weeks ago and feeling terrible for ages. At first it was just a cold which wouldn’t have affected me too badly (I get a lot of colds, so I’m pretty used to them by now), but then I developed a bad cough and sore throat, and a recurrent ear infection made an unwelcome visit and everything just went south. I’m feeling on the up now though (at least my cold is gone and I can semi hear again, even if my cough is still here) so hopefully things will just get better from here. At the very least, I should be back on full form by Christmas. Also, it’s December so I can officially say YAY CHRISTMAS IS COMING and none of you can hate me for it!

I also had coursework to complete for every subject (an essay for linguistics, a lit review for psychology and an essay AND a report for human skeleton). They were all due within weeks of each other, and me feeling lousy definitely did not speed up the writing process. BUT they’re all done now (at last, finally, hoorah) so now I can have a small break before my exams start. I’ve decided to celebrate by going to…

INVERNESS!!!

Inverness is a Highland-y place in Scotland (quite a bit further north than Ed). I’ve never been and I’m REALLY excited. I’m going with a friend of mine, we’re staying in a local B&B, and we plan to visit the zoo/Highland Park ┬ánear there that’s connected to Edinburgh zoo. The rest of the weekend we haven’t quite decided yet. We’re leaving today (Friday) and returning on Monday. I don’t yet know whether there is wifi where we’re staying, but if so you will hopefully get an update of each day (complete with PICTURES). Fingers crossed, eh?

Well anyway, I hope you’ve all had a better start to the winter than I have, and I hope you have a great weekend! Let me know if you plan on going anywhere fun this December. See you soon!

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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?