December 9, 2014, by Tilly Potter

Christmas juggling

As most students know, time at university is like a balancing act, with studying, societies, part time work and socialising all vying for your attention. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier as term draws to a close! I guess I had it coming. I was merrily sipping coffee whilst others battled with essay deadlines. So I suppose I deserve the stress of four exams worth 100% of their respective┬ámodules┬ácoming up in January!

To help alleviate the terror, I’ve been attempting to create a plan so I’m not massively cramming the night before my exams (been there, done that!). My idea of getting plenty done before I return home on the 20th is looking unlikely though – I’ve given myself shifts at work almost every day until then. I work at Lakeside on campus, which I really enjoy and has a variety of flexible shifts. However, everything is rather busy as we’ve got a big exhibition on and Christmas theatre shows every day. Therefore, it can be tempting to take too much on! Some shifts are only a couple of hours long so I often think ‘oh, just another one won’t hurt’ – forgetting that getting there and back and general faffing eats into most of the day. Oops.

Then there’s the holidays. I’m sure that whoever first dreamed up January exams was a Scrooge. There’s simply no time to revise with Christmas shopping, visiting relatives and friends you haven’t seen in ages and everything else the festive period brings to do. Also, the period in between Christmas and New Year just seems to disappear! I don’t know what I do during this time each year, but it never seems to involve revision.

If you’re in the same boat, good luck trying not to confuse reindeer with revision.


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