I've been spending tonight trying to sort out my uni timetable. In all honesty, I'd forgotten about it until I talked to my friend Bec this evening - a quick glance in last year's diary prompted me to start looking at my tutorial times and what classes I needed to sign up for. I think I've come to a few decisions though. Whether or not I'm doing the right thing is another issue, but I think this will be the best thing.
I'm planning on dropping my Adult Development class, meaning I only have 3 subjects this semester. That's okay, because I've been planning on doing a summer school subject in Dec. 2001 - Health psychology, meaning I'll have enough credits to be finished with my degree by the beginning on 2002. Meanwhile, with the 3 remaining subjects I have for this upcoming semester [which begins at the end of Feb. and goes until June], IF I get all the tutorial times I want [of which only one class I really need to sign up for], I can get all my classes on 2 days. Which is absolutely perfect - it means I can work at least 2-3 days a week, AND still have time to study. Now THAT's my perfect schedule.
But I was looking up information on summer schools, and I discovered that another class for Health Psych. starts - NEXT week. How excellent would it be if I could get into that? That means I'd HAVE my summer class all out the way, I wouldn't need to worry about finishing my degree in a hurry, and my last year at uni could be quite relaxed, doing only 3 subjects each semester. I could concentrate on doing my subjects WELL, and getting enough marks to get into honours for the next year. If I waited until Dec. 2001 to do Health Psychology, it would always be in the back of my mind - "but what if I don't get in?" Enrolling for summer schools is tough - because everyone wants to do them, so it's first in, first serve. But I've heard that a lot of people also drop out, in the time between enrollment and actually going to the class. So who knows. Maybe I'll be able to squeeze into next week's classes... and therefore, get a whole subject done in 1 week. Of course, if I get in, it means I have to find people to work my shifts at work for me next week, but considering everyone wants more hours, I shouldn't imagine that to be a problem.
But if I don't get into the summer school [and honestly, I can't really see myself doing it next week - but on the off chance that there IS a sudden vacancy, I'd be thrilled to go along], that's still okay, no matter what, I'm doing that subject! Even if I have to enroll now for December.
The reason I'm dropping Adult Development, too [and this is in case anyone actually cares, but I'm sure you don't], is because the lectures and tutorials are not only on seperate days, for an hour each day, but on totally different days to the ones I'm already there. And to add further insult, they're in the middle of the day!! Yeah, right. It takes me 45 minutes to get to uni, one way, I'm NOT going in there, 4 days a week, for like 1 - 3 hours a day. That's just stupid. I'd quite happily go in for 3 days during the week, but I'm not wasting every day driving back and forwards, for a one-hour class. I need to work this year while I'm at uni, but I also need time to do other things - plays I'll be directing, dance classes I want to start again, singing, and the Operetta. But at the same time, I don't want this to turn out like last year, when I burnt out, trying to do too much.
It seems that last year, I never did strike that perfect balance. When I wasn't working too much and had time to study, I was worrying constantly about money. When I WAS working and had enough money, I was worrying constantly because I didn't have time to do other things, like study. It's a horrible catch-22, and it really angers me when my friends who work full-time comment on how much easier I have it as a student. Balancing work + school is damn hard. But I'm not even going to get into that! This year, I'm going to try and get my life sorted out. Sorted out so that I'm earning enough money, getting good grades, doing the activities I want to do, AND having time for myself, to relax.
If I can do that, I'm doing well. And maybe this year will be the year I always wanted.