Life Update // Second Semester, In the Mind of an Anxious College Student

Here is where my mind has been these past few days. Journal entries of a college student, if you will. 

January 13, 2018 | It’s Saturday, and class begins Monday. I just received my course information for the four classes I will be taking this semester. Looking over all of the information bombarding me at once, one can only imagine how incredibly anxious I'm currently feeling. I’m so glad I didn’t take on a fifth course like I had originally planned to do. This semester is going to be very different from my previous one, because 3/4 courses are online. I did this to save on gas and to make it more convenient for my schedule. However, I have quickly come to realize this might have been a mistake. The idea of online courses sound great and all, but they throw so much text and information at you all at once, it’s hard to figure out what’s due, when it’s due, and where. Mostly because they literally give you the entire semester’s worth of information, assignments, and deadlines all at once. Which, in some ways, can be very helpful for the student who enjoys working ahead. Not for me. However, I remember feeling this way last semester, and eventually I got into a groove. So hopefully this time won’t be any different.

January 15, 2018 | In my head, it’s still January 15th, but technically speaking, it’s 12:14a on January 16th. Classes begin tomorrow (yikes). I’ve been working on wrapping my brain around my assignments for the last 2-3 hours. I kind of lost track of time to be honest. Before every semester for as long as I can remember, I’ve always liked being prepared. I like to plan out each class on paper with the expectations of the class, when assignments are due, what the papers and tests generally look like, and really any other important information they provide. I like being overly prepared because it calms my anxiety. You know what doesn’t calm my anxiety? Textbooks and access codes. Now is the time when I find out what books and codes I need to purchase for the semester. May I just say…everything about college is so unnecessarily overpriced. But I’m sure I’m not the first person to bring this issue to your attention, nor will I be the last. I have just finished planning out my week and I feel a little more confident about this semester than I did 3 hours ago, planning really helps. I’ve ordered my book rentals, purchased my access codes, and ordered my planner for the year. I know planners seem silly to some, but I’ll take writing everything down all in one place over typing it on my phone any day. Writing down my plans, goals, and assignments all in one beautiful little planner makes my heart happy and puts my mind at ease. This is one tip I do have for the struggling college student like me: Don’t forget to breathe. Don’t forget to do things that put your mind at ease. Because chaos won’t help anything.

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January 16, 2018 | Just got back from my first class of my second semester of real college. I’m starting to feel a little less anxious now that I kind of know what I’m doing. I’ve turned in a few assignments already and am preparing for my online work tomorrow. Overall my mind feels a little more at ease now that I’ve gotten past the first “in-class” of this semester. I’m still trying to fall back into my work-school-church-repeat routine, but for now, I’m just going to try and stay alive and balance everything one at a time before I try to do everything at once. I can tell this semester is going to be a lot more interesting than last semester, because I will be taking photography AND communications courses (my areas of focus) so school feels a little more useful than it did last semester. May I just say- thank the Lord for College Credit Plus courses in High School.

This post was really just to inform my readers on what’s going on currently in my life. A little extra peek into the life of Kenzie. This is a personal/ lifestyle blog and I want this to be a place of 100% genuity. If you’re a college student: know you’re not alone in the chaotic world of students. If you’re just interested in what’s going on in my mind and during my days: hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my life.

// kenzie

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