Ever found yourself in a rut? Sick and tired of doing the same old things over, and over, and over, and over, and over… Okay, you see my point.
School can get to be very repetitive. Get up, throw yourself together, go to your classes, do a little studying (if you’re lucky), maybe attend some late evening clubs or programming, stay up way later than you should watching episode after episode of the latest Netflix show and finally getting to sleep not long before you’re up and at it again. It becomes a viscous cycle, that is, if you let it.
One of my profs offered me some of the best advice I’ve heard in a while. It was also a little shocking, but it was exactly what I needed to hear at this point in my life. Her and I had been talking about how school gets to be so tiring and is the same old thing day after day, and how I felt like I needed to do something totally and completely spontaneous! Something out of the blue, no preparation, in the moment. Her advice, skip a class. Yes, a professor indeed told me to skip a class. Now, she didn’t say skip a bunch of classes (Because we all know how easy it is to fall into that habit). She instead suggested that I should take that time for myself. Sleep in for one of my morning classes, go home a little earlier and take time to rest and relax. I know I personally can get a little stressed when I know I am missing lecture material, but after coming to realize that the world does not end if I miss one here and there I felt a lot more at ease with myself. I actually found myself far less stressed, more organized and quite attentive for my other classes that day. I was getting more out of my studies than I was before.
Sooo let’s get something straight here… I am not suggesting that everyone starts missing all of their classes and stop “trying”. That would be a waste of opportunity and, not to mention, money! But, don’t be afraid to take some time for self care. Your health is just as important, if not more, than your education.
Maybe you’re thinking “but I really don’t think I could skip a class.. it just isn’t me.” That’s totally fine! It’s definitely not going to be for everyone; no advice is one size fits all. Instead, I want to illustrate how spontaneity can work in your favour. How variety is the spice of life! Don’t let yourself do the same thing day in and day out. Keep life fun and exciting! That might include skipping one class spontaneously, going for a run, reading a riveting book start to finish, taking a weekend to do absolutely nothing or whatever. Find something that you don’t do often, and do it! Take in how it makes you feel: how liberating, rejuvenating and fun it is. Orrr maybe you totally hated that experience. Either way, it was a contrasting moment in your life, it was different, and it definitely wasn’t something you ordinarily do. You’ll learn something new about yourself, and that means you’re winning at life, in my opinion anyways.
Here are a couple suggestions to get the ball rolling…
- See a concert at the Don Wright Faculty of Music (yea I’m a little biased..) http://www.music.uwo.ca/events/concert_brochure.html
- Go to the McIntosh gallery and see an exhibition – http://mcintoshgallery.ca/exhibitions/current.html
- Learn a new language – http://international.uwo.ca/week/events/language_and_conversation_groups.html
- Go to a drop in class at the Western Rec centre – http://webapp.getrecdapp.com/westernrec/
- Try a new food! London is full of many different cultural restaurants, even here on campus
I wish you all the best in your spontaneous endeavors. With any luck, it will make your second semester here that much more enjoyable 🙂