So unintentionally, over the last couple of weeks, I have taken quite a break from writing. Uni life just got busier over the last couple of weeks and then I finished for Easter, came home and got started on the many deadlines and exams I have looming. Although I’ve been aching to get back to this, I haven’t really known what to write.
This post is most probably going to be a ramble but I think the point of this is to say that it is okay to take a break from everything once a while, allow your mind to reset and not feel guilty about it. But sometimes, it is hard to do so.
I’ve read quite a few articles that have appeared in the news recently, suggesting that universities don’t have the right capabilities to be able to manage counselling services, whilst mental health amongst students is on the rise, a student experience survey found that almost 9 in 10 first year students, struggle to cope with the transition to academic or social aspects of university life. It’s interesting because struggles that students may have, sometimes might not be seen, especially as its really easy to just say “Yeah, I’m having a great time”.
Now, I’m not saying it isn’t a great time. But I think suggesting that every uni student is having the “best time”, because they are at uni, is just a misconception.
Sometimes, you really just need a break from university to re-set your mind set.
I think the “learning curve” of uni, is learning what is important to you, when you aren’t doing university work. This may have naturally occurred whilst living at home, you went to the gym after being at school for example. But as uni isn’t structured in the typical ‘9-5’ day, this is likely to change, and it may take you a while to adapt to these changes.
I’ve found for me, that taking a break by myself includes, going swimming, reading and watching my favourite series on Netflix (Completely obsessed with Dynasty atm!). But, it’s taken me a while to get this, to know that uni enables you to meet and spend time with really great friends, but also taking time for yourself can really improve your outlook on your life.
So, this blog post is kind of a ramble of all my thoughts at the moment. But I think it is important to know that taking time for yourself and taking a break in such a fast-paced society, isn’t a bad thing, it may help your mind-set overall.