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2nd year uni - April 29th 2009, 01:06 AM

Hey, I'm not sure if this subforum is meant for topics on university so I apologise in advance if it's not.

Currently I'm in the second year of university and I'm having a really hard time (I know I'm not the only one). The problem is I easily get overwhelmed by things and I end up just blanking out, not being able to focus on the task at hand - this happens on a regular basis in the labs.

When I get to uni every morning, I just can't wait to get back home again. It'd be okay if I had a (even partially) healthy social life but I rarely hang around people at uni because I feel so gloomy and brain dead and on the weekends I rarely go out with people because I just can't enjoy being around them (I think it's because I'm distracted by my studies). I try to fit in some physical activity on the weekends - I have uni every day during the week so I can only really fit in sport then.

Stupidly, I took up tutoring on campus this semester and I lose sleep worrying about whether I told my students the right thing or not - during the sessions my mind is not very clear so I need to do a lot of preparation beforehand (the main reason I took up tutoring was for the experience, my new year's resolution was to do things I wouldn't normally do + this would look good on my resume I thought)

I'm enslaved to this routine of "wake up, go to uni and be a mindless zombie, get home and nap, wake up, do a bit of work, try to sleep (can't nod off before 12AM usually) then repeat.."

So my mental fatigue (and emotional distress) is a lingering problem that is making me edge closer and closer to dropping out (something I really don't want to do). Could I do anything to make me more focused and uplifted? Perhaps trade-off a bit of study for some kind of relaxing activity?

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Re: 2nd year uni - April 29th 2009, 03:06 AM

I'll soon be in 3rd year university, so I suggest taking a break from studying every now and then. The breaks can be watching TV, jogging around the street, going to a public area just for the hell of it, going to a gym, etc... .

You need sleep, if you're dead tired, you're going to feel more or less like horseshit. Get a nice, long sleep, wake up nice and refreshed then study. If you're very tired, then you're not going to retain as much information, it'll only set you back, you'll get more emotionally distressed over it and the spiral continues.

Also, what is your goal, what career(s) do you hope to achieve? Myself I wish to go into neuroscience, neurology, forensic psychology or something else in medicine or psychology or forensics. I know, it's more or less scattered but it's an overall goal. I then set sub-goals, sub-sub goals, and so forth, such as get a high mark in a certain course, get a high mark on the upcoming tests and papers, etc.... . As I fulfill each, I'm small bits closer to obtaining my overall goal.

Many people at university are focused on their studies, unless they're the group that'd rather get shitfaced and show up like a drunken slob. I assume you're not amongst the second group.

You can try to talk to someone in your lecture, when it begins, sit next to them and start idle conversation regarding the course. It can be a male, female, younger, older, prettier, uglier, etc... . It doesn't really matter.

One thing I'd highly suggest is form a study group. Not only can you socialize later but it can make learning the material easier, relieve emotional distress, etc... .
   
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