Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Down Time

The phrase 'work hard, play hard,' can be applied to the final year at school like no other. We have more responsibility than ever, as a consequence of this have more maturity (ish) than ever, and when we get up in the morning feel less willing to raise ourselves from our lazy stupor than ever.

What I'm trying to say is this - as much as this is a turbulent time in our lives, we need to make as much time for eating, sleeping, and putting our feet up, as for anything else. I know, it sounds a bit naïve to just blithely delcare that this is what we ought be doing. My mum is perhaps the biggest proponent of this sort of advice and my most common response is, 'I would if I could!!!' followed by a sullen expression whenever anyone mentioned the word 'work' or begins a sentence with 'you ought to be....' What's the point in going to bed early when you won't finish your work, right? What's the point of having a proper lunch if you don't have enough time to eat it because you have two study meetings, right? Why relax when you get home when it'll just mean you start your work later so get to bed later so wake up grumpy and less willing to overcome the day's problems, right?

My advice, to myself as much as anyone else, it to chill. Ignore external pressures, focus on yourself and what you need; stay aware of the fact that almost everyone else is going through the same process as you and will be there to help out if you want a chat. Finally, remember this - the most important comforting variable that certainly didn't apply way back in September - it's almost the holidays!

This time next week, I'll be staying at Oxford for PPE interviews for four days attempting to not sound like a complete idiot. I'll be sure to give you a detailed recap including all the gruesome details! In the meantime, if you have any comments, don't hesitate to leave them below.


1 comment:

  1. Great advice to relax and chill occasionally :)
    Good luck with your PPE interview, fingers crossed it goes well!