The panic is on. We all feel it. The net of assignments and exams slowly tightening around us. It’s an avoidable eventuality but still, we like to dismiss and repress anything associated with them. The only beacon of hope in this looming darkness, Easter Break. For most of us, it’s the only thing keeping us sane in the whirlwind of life in Maynooth.
Time is slowly ticking by and that doesn’t necessarily have to mean our inevitable doom, it can mean many things, one of which is freedom. It’s just enough hope to want us to push on through our academic lives to summer.
This time of year can be stressful. It seems as if the workload triples (which is does) and we’re left to try and figure out a system that will allow us to have enough hours of sleep, to eat, attend class, answer your parent’s phone calls, do assignments, study, socialise and succeed.
In our minds, it appears as an impossible task. But it’s not. So, don’t let stress burn you out before the end of the year. If you need time off, take it. You have an entire week at your disposal. So, if all you want to do is find out who killed Jason Blossom in Riverdale, sleep 22 hours a day, gorge on food, read, write, catch up on work, meet up with friends, play sports then go do it. You deserve it.
The best way to get through the next few weeks is to have something to look forward to. Now, it doesn’t haven’t be a week-long bender in Magaluf with the lads, it can be as simple as seeing your dog, retail therapy or having a catch-up with your friends. Just being at home is enough. Work towards Easter Break. Think of it as just one more week until you’re free. Breaking your workload and timetable into more manageable chunks will stop you from pulling your hair out in May.
By having something to work towards, everything will seem that little bit more achievable. The pressure will ease off slightly and it’ll feel like the weight you’ve been carrying around for the past month has subsided.
So instead of letting the panic and pressure take over you, be proactive and plan in advance. Don’t restrict yourself and remember than its summer in just over 6 weeks.
You got this.