It has only been two weeks or so and my brain has been jam-packed. I do not recall having such an intensive beginning compared to last semester. Perhaps I went a bit overboard when I did my pre-reading and extreme note-taking before classes, only to later realize the instructors were not going to cover any of that and all of the books that I had gotten were not to be read in-depth compared to the presentation lectures/slides that will be tested. Let me tell you, I wanted to flip! I think I’m still in the “getting used to” phase, but I really need to snap out of it!
I have been finding myself more prone to sleeping in as much as possible until classes start. The original plan was to wake up early and do homework or study like a good, diligent student does. Why is that not happening?
Last semester, I was super on top of it. I always woke up early and did everything right (hence, my grades improved tremendously!). The only thing that is different this semester, I’d say, would be that I am not working my bazillion part-time jobs…and MAYBE that’s the reason I’m being such a slacker! I’m always ready and on time for work because I have to be…but when it comes to school and studying…I just can’t treat it in the same respect as a part-time job and it really bugs me. All of this free time just to study…it’s almost wasteful! But I know it is not because the investment is to score well on the MCAT and get good grades (hoping to aim for straight As and actually get that at the end).
Of course, no one can do that on their own unless they’re an absolute genius (grrrr I want your brain!). But, it’s not a bad thing! I’m completely dumb and never thought about it before, but the people in my pre-med club are taking the exact same classes that I am! STUDY BUDDIES? I think yes! It’s been proven on many accounts that studying with others is effective. I just haven’t been doing that method of studying because I’m so anti-social and busy…but now I do have time! And, you wouldn’t let down a friend as you would let down yourself, at least in my opinion. I feel that right now what I need is someone to keep me in check, and likewise many of my peers seek that extra “push” to get things done. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship!
So far I have asked people in my Health Activism Committee if they would like to form study groups (for classes and MCAT) and so far the response has been very high. I’m very excited to get started because I know we are all going to learn a lot, build friendships along the way and hopefully all attain our life goals! Haha.
Optimism is key! ^_^
While it’s still early in the semester, go and make friends in your classes! See your TAs and professors. I know I haven’t been doing that but maybe you will (and you should). Make everything count this semester. =)