Burn After Reading Week
Well as students, we’ve made it halfway through Term 2 of the academic year and have arrived at the much sought after and celebrated reading week. Well, us students who study Humanities have at least, STEM students have to keep on trucking. Reading week can be an exciting time for any student and for many reasons, some of which will be out of the question at present due to the ongoing circumstances outside in the world. Regardless, reading week is reading week. A time to relax, read, reflect on what has been learnt, and anticipate what will be learnt in the coming weeks.
However, such opportunities, I have found, come with temptation, which – to recite Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys – “greets you like a naughty friend”. It’s important during this week long period not to burn out, and to use a cooking metaphor I just came up with, take yourself off the stove. Here are a few tips to not burn after reading week:
To follow the immortal words of one Frankie Goes to Hollywood, “relax!”, and not in the pseudo-sexual sense that they meant it (or was extended by Brian De Palma in his one of many masterpieces Body Double), but in the genuine linguistic definition of the word. Halfway through the term, I’m sure a lot of information has been ingested and a lot of work has been completed – a spot of relaxation has been earned.
…But not too relaxed
Though that is not to say forget and exonerate those things. The work load may halt and ease up, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop entirely. Reading week is a great opportunity to explores areas of a topic that maybe your course doesn’t explore, but that you have a great interest in. Not only can this be an exciting and worthwhile exploration of research, it can also act as experience as a precursor to a dissertation.
It’s a thing that maybe isn’t all that common during your time at university, what with a degree taking up a considerably large portion of time, and the rest navigating flatmates and their various activities – a factor even more noticeable and unavoidable in the present circumstances. Reading week, however, may just add moments of “me time” to your schedule. Start writing that novel that I’m sure everyone will want to read, go for a nice spring-imminent walk, start baking. Extra time offers plenty of time to do things just for yourself, so make sure to take advantage. It’s only a week, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a lot of time at all.
This one is mainly a disclaimer, but considering its name is ‘Reading Week’, probably best I recommend that some reading should be done. Maybe treat yourself every time you complete a chapter. Or a page. Figure out your own Pavlov’s dog situation.
To once again quote Tony Wilson quoting Boethius, “history is a wheel. “Inconstancy is my very essence,” says the wheel. “Good times pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of times, like the best, are always passing away.” I’m really looking forward to the day where this quote in no longer my sign off.
Have a good one…