I felt the need to express how I was feeling and facebook didn’t seem the appropriate place. As for talking to people/friends well that means getting into a conversation, and then me sounding all woe is me. So, instead I figured here is better, it’s short, concise and you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to.
I used to find solace in my academic work, but now it’s just getting me down.
For one, this year has been so rushed there has been no time to enjoy learning it’s all been one massive cramming session, and that includes the present. Also I guess there are more exciting things to be doing in life whereas two years ago there wasn’t particularly (is this because I’m not as interested in this work, or because the majority of my social circle do not study and having a job is a lot less time consuming than studying). Having to say goodbye to friends, hopefully see you in the future but who knows, quite frankly sucks.
Why is it that at the start of, and when I say start I am referring to within the first 2 months of beginning an educational course, that students need to start planning what they are going to do come the end of it?
Firstly, what ever happened to enjoying the learning process? How can students be expected to focus on their current studies if already they are being forced to thinking about what they’re going to do afterwards? Planning and applying for suture jobs/courses takes time, attention and energy away from current studies; including exams! Surely, the present should be the focus for students if they are to succeed in their chosen course.
This is not necessarily the fault of the educational institutions, however if the deadlines for applications were not so early this would make life easier. For instance, in 2011 I graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics, in October 2012 I begin a MSc in the Neuroscience of Language, however if I wish to do a PhD at the same University I have to have a research proposal along with many other sheets of paper by the second week of December! And yes that is December 2012. For one, I’ve just started this course, give me a chance to get my teeth stuck into it first, and two, said proposal would be due in exactly 10 weeks since commencing the course, in this time there are multiple exams and assignments to be completed in what time between going to lectures, brushing my teeth, writing, revising and possibly finding some food would the proverbial “they” like me to think, write and edit a research proposal?