Preparing for Christmas and the New Year as a University Student
Firstly, I wanted to thank you all for tuning in and engaging with all my blogs over the past few months… I can’t believe this is my first blog of the new year!!
I thought it seemed fitting to write about what I did over the Christmas *break* as a penultimate year student. It seemed crazy that the first thing that came to mind when I thought about the Christmas holiday was to start preparing revision notes for my upcoming exams in the next term, although, I believe it’s always good to keep in mind the importance of utilising your holidays effectively to catch up with content from the previous term and to prepare ahead. But before I began revision, I fully intended to catch up on all the sleep I had lost over the first term! It had been such a hectic term with lots of deadlines and assignments, on top of incredibly complex lecture content… so I would stress to everyone to take some time off before resuming uni work/revision during each holiday period.
The Chemistry Department set the cohort a fair amount of work to do over the Christmas holiday: I had two group assignments, one coding assignment on top of revision to complete by the time I returned for term two. In a bittersweet way, I felt that it was beneficial for me because it kept me busy and ensured that I didn’t end up forgetting core content before the next term started! I knew that if I didn’t have work to do, I would just resort to staying wrapped up in my bed watching TikToks aimlessly all day, so although there was a lot to do, it really put my organisation to the test.
One tip I would give to anyone that feels that they may struggle with keeping motivated or organising their time effectively over the holiday, would be to create a daily schedule. I started doing this two years ago over the Christmas holiday and in fact, I still use my daily planner every day. It gives me structure to my day and allows me to see if I’m overworking or going out too much. This came in so handy over the break because it is so easy, especially with the excuse of it being a holiday period, to get into the routine of letting days go past without working or having any social interaction; but this way, if you have a schedule, you will know exactly what you need to get done in your day.
Work aside, Christmas was ultimately a time for family, friends, and fun. I know I’ve banged on a lot about how much I worked over the holiday, but I caught up with my friends and took time out to socialise and celebrate all the festivities, and I urge you to do so as well during each holiday season.
Looking ahead to the upcoming term (beginning in just a few days!!), I’m going in with a positive mindset with hopes of keeping on top of all my work and deadlines, whilst maintaining a healthy distribution of studying and socialising. I’m anticipating the next few months to be super busy and packed with plenty of things going on, but I’m going to endeavour to make use of each day and grasp every opportunity that arises.
I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year… remember to always have a good balance of rest and work!
Best of luck for the upcoming term😊