March! It is the first of MARCH, can you believe it? I can’t because that means that there are only a couple more months left in this semester. Just about everyone is having their mid-term exams this week. Of course this means lots of cramming for each course on materials that you should have reviewed right after each class and a few minutes on each day. If one follows the proper study/time management and stress management strategies then one would not have to panic so much when the exam days come along!
I always have the best intentions for doing what I know to be the best way to study and retain/train my brain to remember everything I just heard/learned in a lecture. I also know the best way to be prepared for exams – study a few minutes each day or at least a few times each week. The problems I encounter with these techniques are that I always seem to be putting out fires, either with an assignment or personal life, and put the proven and best things for me on the back burner. Regardless of my mishaps with these techniques I will continue to write them in my calendar and plan on following them. Hopefully I will be able to retrain myself to doing this as the benefits from doing so are far greater than not.
Anyway folks, life has been very busy and my time to do anything for me or my studies has been quite limited in the past week. I doubt many traditional students can relate to caring for a parent while attending school on a full-time basis but this is what I do. Well, let me tell you that I would not trade spending as much time with my mother for anything, but it does leave time to tend to me lacking. It reminds me of when my children were younger and couldn’t wait for me to get home, their first comment was always: “what are you cooking for dinner tonight?” Many times I got a kiss and/or hug with the question so that made it really nice. My point is that no matter their age, they were waiting for me and when I stepped in the door I was mom. After they were safely in their bed is when I could take care of everything else that needed to be done but rarely was there time for me to do something just for me. Most likely you too will experience those wonderful days of taking care of everyone and everything before yourself – that is what mom’s are supposed to do, right? Well, this is what children do for their parents too – at least I do and plan to do until I am forced not to any longer. And just like with my children I will enjoy as many moments as I can and try to keep my stress at bay because she will one day, just like the children, be gone with only memories to fill my heart.
Life always has a way to keep on moving forward, even if you haven’t the time to finish what you were doing before what you are doing now. In addition to the exams this week I am panicking about the papers that are going to be due in a few weeks and the ones that will be due after that. I am always worrying about things before they even happen – which is just one more issue I have to work on improving! Exams, papers, studying, caring for another are all rewarding to me, despite the anxiety. Sometimes when I find myself getting too anxious I just sit with my mother, just to be in her presence; because no matter how old I get I always want my mama when I don’t feel so good, you know what I mean?
Good luck to you and your studying and exams, happy CCU trails!