Posted 20 Dec 2011
This question I ask myself very often; can I fit it all in? Generally I follow the rule that university work takes place over everything else. But what about when there are no pressing deadlines? This is likely to be the first time you go to bed at a reasonable time in weeks. Do you end up going to the pub with your long lost friends instead? Do you go to the gym? Watch a movie?
I sometimes do these things, telling myself I wouldn't be able to sleep that early anyway. Or that there is plenty of time to make a start on that next essay, I won't end up rushing it again this time. After the initial enjoyment of whatever it is I have spent my time doing has worn off, I tend to wind up feeling like I could have really used that sleep. Or feeling guilty that I stayed up all night watching a WHOLE series of ER for no reason!!!!!!
Or, on the other hand, you have a couple of days so jam packed that you literally feel like you can't fit it all in. Do you run around like a headless chicken, or should you label a few things ‘unimportant' and cut them from the list? Will this mean missing out on all the fun things like a Christmas lunch with people you haven't seen in a while, or a dance class you really wanted to take?
So with the last group of tests over as we begin our Christmas break, I am thinking how much should we enjoy ourselves? I need to do better in the exams this year than last, because they will be harder. I can't imagine that shutting myself in a room all month constantly revising is a healthy option, or in fact possible at all. But I also think that if I enjoy myself too much it'll be difficult to motivate myself to study at all.
I guess it depends on the type of personality you possess. If you have a strict, hardworking personality then that is great for your studies and you will always be up-to-date with your deadlines! However over the holiday you could kick back and relax a little! You could eat a bit too much on Christmas day or pick up a new CD and listen to it all day long!
As for those of you like me we could quite literally fill the day, but by the end find out we have achieved very little. Or maybe you are the type of person that does nothing much at all on purpose in the holidays? We could maybe benefit from having holiday timetables too, to help us organise our time well enough to get the best of both worlds.
This topic has reminded me of a scene from the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love' where a character is explaining the meaning of an Italian phrase: La dolce far niente, a beautiful phrase meaning ‘the sweetness of doing nothing'. After a hard day's work I think we could all gain some relaxation from doing nothing, more over we should learn to enjoy doing nothing and not feel guilty for it.
Thanks for reading! Charlie.
Course: Pharmacy MPharm
Level: Third year
Other information: I came to Kingston University after studying at college. I have dyslexia. I am currently a member of the Pharmacy society, the Dance club and the Cheerleading club. I do a placement with Boots pharmacy as part of my course. I am a Kingston University student ambassador. I chose Kingston because... I did not reach my expected grades for A-level and Kingston offered me my current course of study instead. I looked around at what other unis were offering through clearing an...