Josie Calvert

Quote of the Week: I’ve Learned Quite a lot, Over the Years…

“I’ve learned quite a lot, over the years, by avoiding what I was supposed to be learning.”-

Margaret Atwood

At this point in term, the work load and exam stress is starting to kick in. Of course, preparing for your exams is one of the most important things you should be doing right now, but it’s also important to give yourself a break and be mindful of yourself and your surroundings. People nowadays have a tendency of being too hard on themselves when they start to zone out or do an activity that isn’t sitting at their desk learning. But sometimes, procrastinating can be the most useful thing you can do, to let your mind rest for a moment and enjoy the small things. For example, whilst revising in a coffee shop- take a moment to appreciate the taste of your cup of coffee and notice the people, or the scenery around you, make a small mental note of it and go back to your books. Working to achieve a goal is amazing, but sometimes looking after yourself is imperative.

For me, this quote has a different meaning. I have recently been going through big academic changes within the last year. I have found I’m learning more about myself from taking a break from work and trying new experiences. It’s amazing what change does and how life comes full circle and makes you realise what you should have been doing from the start. Sometimes taking the wrong path is the most beneficial thing you can do so you can re-focus and go back to achieving your goal. There’s many things that I’ve learnt through academic struggle- From starting yoga, to being resilient and learning to go for a meal alone.

So yes, study hard- but be that little bit extra kind to yourself, and try to notice the small things- you might learn a bit more about yourself that way!

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