It’s about time.
That I posted this? Yes, but this post is also about time and how little of there seems to be when you want to pursue something you love. On a day to day basis, for sure. Since the second semester of my physiotherapy degree started, I feel like you could double the length of a day and I’d still benefit from a few extra hours. Which is an around about way of explaining the posting hiatus of late. But I’m also talking about time from the perspective of an older student wondering how much longer I have to make a difference in my studies, in my career, in my life in general.
Let me catch you up on where I’m at…
I’ve just finished semester one of my first year of study, completed my first assignment, my first computer aided exam, and my first oral examination. I’m also currently on my first placement in the physiotherapy department of Pendle Community Hospital, having an introduction into the world of musculoskeletal out patient cases. Follow this link to read my write up of my first physiotherapy viva along with some handy preparation hints. I’ll blog more in depth on my tips for preparing for exams and my experience of them in the coming days. I’ll post some reflections on first time placements after I have completed this one in early March. At present, I’m rationing my increasingly precious commodity: time!
I blogged about time management really earlier on in semester one. That seems like a lifetime ago! The acceleration of intensity on a course like this can feel staggering if you don’t get on top of the work, and so the usual rule applies: stay on top! It does mean being quite strict with yourself a lot of the time. It would be nice to just forget about the workload some days. I don’t mean in terms of socialising – although this is an area which has definitely been restricted – but more in terms of unwinding, sleeping (I hear it’s important), training (that’s definitely important), my job, and generally being able to do the normal chores and admin of life. Now that I’m on placement, the part-time job has had to go on hold for a few weeks (I have understanding bosses), and some of the life admin is going a little astray but at the moment, it’s all manageable. Just.
What I want to remind any of you that are currently in the same situation – you may be trying to juggle study, work, and a quality of home life, or thinking of doing so in the future – is that this too shall pass. Kind of.
In all probability, the reason you are where you are right now, or why you’re thinking about making the life changes that you might, is because you’re a busy productive person. This means that you’ll probably just go ahead and fill any post-graduation free time with other time-consuming pursuits. Like being really good at your job. Or doing a masters. Or volunteering. Or taking up a new recreational activity. Or a combination of things, all on top of being a functional human being with a family and friends that you want to see occasionally. That’s all great, possibly even necessary, if you’re anything like me. Just remember to take a little down-time every now and again, get outside and do some exercise (even in the rain), and just remember why you’re doing it what you’re doing and who you’re doing it for. For my part, I’ll do my best to practice what I preach.
I can’t wait to read this post as a qualified physio. I’m sure I’ll think that the current me has it extremely easy as a student. That’s the thing about time. It’s relative. Which means maybe I don’t have the length of time in my future career that an 18 year old student might have. But I’m sure going to enjoy the chance to do what I love, for a job, for the rest of the time that I’ve got. That’s all that really matters in the end.
Thanks to all those who have contacted me through this blog. I’m glad that it’s a useful read and I’m always happy to answer any questions, comments, or concerns you might have. If you’re currently waiting for university interviews, best of luck! The same goes if you’re looking to apply to colleges for A-levels or Access course, or if – like me – you’re out on placement for the first, third, or final time. In fact, if you’re out there doing what you love, trying something positive that you’ve got your heart and mind set on, and if you’re working hard to do it, then all power to you. Drop me a line and tell me how you’re getting on. If you’re not quite there with what you plan to do yet, don’t panic. It’s just a matter of time.
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