I’m one week into my Graduate Diploma course. Starting studying again has been very exciting, but also a little nerve wracking. It’s been 5 years since I finished my degree, and since then I haven’t had to study much at all. I love studying and learning, and I can’t wait to do it. But I think I have to allow myself a little bit of time to get back into the habit.
When I first received all the readings, and read through the assignments, it seemed a bit overwhelming, and I started to get quite nervous.
But then I went to choir for the first time after the Christmas break. And I was rusty at it. I’d only been off for a couple of months, but I couldn’t quite get in the zone. My voice was not in peak condition, I got annoyed by the conductor’s bad little habits. As the night went on, things got better, and by the end I was loving it. I love singing, and I was excited to do it, but it was still a bit hard at first.
And the same thing is true for my study. I love learning and studying, I’m excited to do it, but it’s going to be hard at first.
So this week my focus has been on setting up a good routine for study, so that I can work out how to fit everything in, and stay on top of things, rather than doing everything at the last minute. I’m using Sunday afternoons/evenings to plan for the week ahead, focusing on one paper each day, Monday – Thursday, and having Friday and Saturday to wrap anything up that needs it, and do some other bits and pieces.
Other key things will be setting up some sessions with other local students (surprisingly there are two others in my small town), asking plenty of questions of the lecturers, and attending the intensive weekends that are put on for distance students like me.
I don’t think the routine is going to make it easy. In fact, I think it’s going to be an intense semester. But I’m hoping that I’ll manage to get through it with my sanity intact.
I can’t wait to get into it!