Post # 1
I’m in the final year of my undergraduate degree and I’m doing a double major… my work load this semester is INSANE, even though last semester I actually took some graduate level classes for fun. Somehow, this semester with an undergraduate courseload, I am struggling on a daily basis to have my readings read/assignments done. Next week alone, I have 7 different essays/peer reviews due, and the week after I have 6. This is on top of presentations, readings for lectures, readings for seminars… I feel like its a neverending stream of stuff. I’m doing well and everything but I haven’t slept more than a couple hours in almost 5 days now. My fiance is also at school with my working a double major in the sciences, and we’re like zombies. I got food poisoning over Christmas Break and it took almost 3 weeks to get rid of it with antibiotics… I guess I’m just ranting because I’m worn out. Mentally and physically too. I’m just so freaking tired 🙁 And tonight, I have to do yet another essay which is due at 11 am tomorrow. ARGHHHHHH. End rant. I realize this is a FWP a bit, but I am nearing a breaking point in terms of anxiety and stress… I had a mental breakdown of sorts at the end of last semester and I’m having similar anxiety attacks again.
Post # 2
I was you. You can do it I promise you. It SUCKS SO MUCH and it seems like in the home stretch you should be celebrating, but you’re not. I just kept telling myself I have my whole life to party, and I have graduation celebrations to make up for this time right now. But you’ve come SO FAR you would hate to let it all go now. Make sure to use your weekends (if you don’t already) to get as much stuff as possible done, but you must let yourself take a break too. Prioritize, check off every single day until graduation, and be so freaking proud of yourself. You can do it!!!!!!!!
Post # 3
I’m in my last semester of grad school and slowly becoming more depressed about having to actually keep doing this for another 3 months. Maybe go to a counselor? Talking about it with someone who’s there to listen would probably help. I have an apt with psych services at my school tomorrow. Best of luck, you can do it!!!
Post # 4
I’m in medical school right now, so I absolutely understand how overwhelming and stressful school can be. My advice is to make sure that you are studying/working effectively. Plan a 10 minute break for every hour that you are studying. Get up, walk around, do something non-study related. And the biggest piece of advice? Study smart — aka put away your phone, and if you’re using your computer, no WB, no FB, no youtube, etc. Seriously, put all of it away, and check it on your 10-minute breaks.
In my first year of med school I didn’t study effectively, and so I was up until 2am every night, only getting 4-5 hours of sleep. This year, I changed my study habits and learned how to study smart for me. It is do-able. I know you have a lot on your plate right now, but just know that you will get through it. And like a PP said, if you feel like you are getting too overwhelmed, go see a counselor! That is why schools offer them 🙂
Post # 5
Everyone so far has said great things – and you CAN do it!
I graduated from a super rigorous program (English and Secondary Ed, and while Ed was technically a minor, it was the same amount of hours as my major!) last year and I’m in grad school now. I’m also totally feeling worn out and drained! It helps me to think about how time will keep going regardless. You will get to graduation and you just need to do the best you can until then.
Also, don’t be afraid to take a mental health day for yourself. Assuming you get an absence or two in your classes, take a breather day! I’ve definitely done that before and it did WONDERS for me. I got a full night’s sleep and relaxed and didn’t get out of my pajamas. I ended up doing some work, but it still a really relaxing and good thing to do for myself (even if I missed a couple classes).
Post # 6
Ooh been there!! I’m with PPs, efficiency is so the key to overload. Block it out, work HARD, take real breaks, and SLEEP! Science says it’s better to study less and then sleep on it than to study more with no sleep. And tuck a little fun in somewhere – when was in overload, meals and grocery shopping were my “me time”! I’d slow it all down and really enjoy my food and/or just having that mental break. It was silly but it made a huge difference in my quality of life to give myself those clear, regular periods of downtime. And you are SO CLOSE!!! 3 months will be gone before you know it!!! 🙂
Post # 7
Thank you so much for your comment! Your bit about checking off days until graduation hit me hard; I have a massive four month calendar with all my due dates that I religiously tick off as days pass, plus a weekly “To Do” list that I work through.. so help me if I didn’t have that I wouldn’t be able to keep the mass readings/essays in line. I’m okay about not going out as much ironically, it makes me more sad that my Fiance and I are just freaking exhausted 24/7 😛 He fell asleep at 6:30 pm tonight after many days of almost complete all-nighters. We miss each other 🙁 Unfortunately we’re just at the point right now where we just have to DO! I will definitely try and use my weekends better though, so thats something I will take going forward<br /><br />
I feel you 100%. I had massive anxiety problems last semester (for which I ended up in the hospital) and while I haven’t had a severe anxiety attack in a month or so, I feel symptoms almost daily, although they’re mild. Worse though is the depression, which I think I will make an appointment for. It just seems to inescapable; I don’t know how I could be going through this situation any happier, if that makes sense??<br /><br />
Your point about “studying smarter” is definitely well-taken. I’m usually not too distracted while working, but sometimes my breaks are longer than I want them to be. Mostly because (and this might sound weird) but I feel like, almonst angsty that every second of my day is school. So even though its counterproductive, I’ll let a 10 minute break become a 40 minute break just to take time to do the “me stuff” I can’t really do. <br /><br />
Oh my god a mental health day sounds amazing haha! I don’t know when I’ll have time to squeeze one in though; I have a complex about missing ANY class unless I’m throwing up/dead. I think my first day “off” will probably be at the end of April with the finishing of all my exams :P<br /><br />
I totally agree about the “sleep more study less” concept, however my work is more assignment related than study related (I’m a double major in English and History, so most of my work is research, not exactly reading textbooks). If I were to get proper sleep, my assignments wouldn’t get done! To give you a small example, I had 4 different written assignments to do this week, a massive 90 minute presentation to do, as well as reading several books/12 or so lengthy journal articles. Unfortunately, none of these things are optional :/ They directly relate to my performance in seminars/my final grade. Also, this week is one of my lighter ones. Next week, the assignment count reaches a new high of 7
Post # 8
Awwww, I feel your pain! Just think that in 12wreks all of the hard work you have done over the years and are doing now will all be worth it when you have your degree in hand 🙂
Also, please take time to pamper yourself a little everyday, and also do something that makes you happy, even if it’s only for 5 or 10minutes! Maybe you and your SO can give eachother shoulder/back massages to relieve some tension. As a student myself who carries all my stress in my shoulders, it can make all the difference!!
Post # 9
I will try the 5-10 minute idea; that’s something attainable that I can fit in to my days. I also carry my stress in my shoulders, so that could help a lot. And I know that my degree is so near in sight!! It’s funny because while I’m not enjoying this semester as much because the courses are not my favourite/the work load is insane, I also am sad (at least in the back of my mind) about the end of this chapter in my life. Sigh, so conflicted about everything haha. But ultimately, it will all be okay 😀 just gotta push on through