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As a newbie, (albeit an old newbie), to college, one of the things that I had looked forward to was the long Christmas holiday break. I had for years been jealous of my kids seemingly interminable breaks throughout their college life. I used to have to make do with a couple of days off, depending on how many of my annual leave days I had managed to save throughout the year, and what way the public holidays fell. Then, before I knew it, I was getting up and trudging back out to work in those dark cold wet and miserable January mornings, while the rest of the household remained wrapped up in bed, warm and oblivious to the world. And this went on for the first few weeks of the new year!
Well now it was to be my turn. I had recently started back in college as a, (very), mature student, and I was enjoying the new experience. After a bit of natural trepidation at the start, I had worked well throughout the first semester. Results of assignments were going well and I had been involved in a group assignment that we had submitted just before Christmas. Celebratory drinks had been shared, in the best traditions of student life, and we all looked forward to the extended Christmas break. We didn’t have to be back until well into January. Roll on those lazy mornings in bed while the January weather did it’s worst on the outside of the double-glazed bedroom windows. I didn’t care, I didn’t have to get up for a change, and I intended to make the most of it. I wasn’t even going to think about college until I had to go back for the first day of semester two.
Eventually the lazy days of the college break did come to an end, and so it was back to college for semester two. A few new subjects, a couple of new lecturers, but much the same format as we had experienced before Christmas. However, I found that there was one big difference. I just couldn’t seem to get motivated? Last time out, every new lecture and every new task seemed to provide a bit of a buzz. Getting into doing the reading, research and assignments came easily enough. There was a satisfaction in getting stuff done. But now, I just couldn’t seem to get going. I couldn’t figure it out. I spoke to a few of my class mates about it and to my surprise, everybody that I spoke to was having the same issue. Everyone agreed that there was nothing wrong with the subjects or the lecturers, I guess we were all just finding it difficult to get back into the rythm of college life again.
We are three weeks back now and things are getting back to normal – maybe the looming deadline of our next assignment is helping to focus the mind? But if you are planning on going to college, just be aware of the potential slow start after a long break. My advice is to enjoy the time off fully, but plan to hit the ground running after the break and don’t let the lethargy set in.