I’d heard rumors of spring semester. I’d been told that it was much harder to adjust to the swing of classes, the cold weather, and staying focused on your work. I’d been warned.
I was pretty confident that I wasn’t going to be affected. I mean, I didn’t have a problem with returning to classes after winter break in high school, I’ve lived in Ohio my entire life so I’m used to the weather patterns, and senioritis never really hit me until the end of my last year in high school. I even took calculus for the first time through Ohio State, so I felt like I could take anything on.
Maybe it was a personal situation, but I was blindsided by how different this semester has been.
First off, the weather has been a huge hindrance! The first week was terribly cold, and I still needed to get used to where my classes are. (I go to West Campus three days a week, and I live in the north-most corner of north campus, but at least I get my steps in!) Even though I was bundled up, the cold air would sometimes catch up to me, and I’d get really tired. And now it’s been raining for the past two weeks, so that’s an entirely different issue.
I hope you enjoy this stock photo that mediocrely depicts what I’ve been experiencing while walking through campus.
And now on the topic of my classes this semester: I’m still working on my general education courses so I’m taking a wide range of courses that focus on a variety of topics. What’s nice is that out of my five classes, I only have finals in two of them! The other courses are based around writing assessments, and I have to complete heavy reading assignments to keep up with the syllabus; there are pros and cons to these kinds of classes.
I’ve been more tired than last semester too. I have class starting at 9:10 everyday of the week (I vowed to myself to NEVER sign up for an 8 a.m. class), so I wake up at 7:30 most days to get ready. And I’ve been sleeping around 12 finishing up the readings I’ve been assigned. My circadian rhythm just needed to get back to normal!
I know I’ve only complained throughout this entire post, but I promise it’s getting better. I just needed to be able to balance schoolwork, my sleep schedule, and extracirriculars. I got caught up in the whole “no obligations or responsibilities to maintain” while on break, but I’m getting there. Slowly, but surely.