Reflectorial: How to fight through the incessant desire to burrito yourself in your bed and ignore your responsibilities
This is a real struggle that I face on the regular. My bed, with warm white sheets and a small yet pudgy cat rolled into a ball next to my pillow, is the most inviting thing in this whole world. The amount of effort it takes to pull myself out of bed and drag myself to class is sometimes akin to climbing Mount Everest.
Yet, each morning, with the determination of the Little Train that Could, I unroll myself and face the following 9 to 12 hours.
This is the reality that is being a student. We are exhausted, overworked and unpaid.
What’s important is to not lose sight of your end goals. Why do we get up and doing this damn thing every day? Why do we write reading reflections and study for midterms that we usually forget all about anyway?
Because people: at the end of this long and winding dirt road, there is light. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s not going to be easy out there, but it is going to be the beginning of a life we’ve been preparing for for years.
Ideally, at the end of all this you are happy in the job that you’ve been training for and you can use all the information you learned in your GNEDs everyday, so they really had use. (We can dream, right?)
All of the early mornings and late nights, the group projects and Blackboard discussion posts… one day they will end and in their place will be something approaching a career that you actually want!
As I write this, my eyes are literally numb with exhaustion and I would rather do anything else than even finish writing this. But, these are the steps we take that will lead us to where we want to be.
After graduation, hopefully, we will all look back at these late nights and exhausted hours and smile, because at least we got through it. Maybe, if we’re lucky, we can even use all those extraneous facts we learned in our Controversies in Science class at least once.
~xoxo Publishing Editor