Uni so far has been both awesome fun, and extremely tiring. I've been on campus until 5 or 6 each day, starting in the morning, and have had most of my breaks taken up with things, so there has not been much time to relax.
This week I had my first French assessment task (which was probably a disaster), my first proper Physics lab, my first Maths quiz (I may or may not have failed), and on Friday my first engineering practical class.
Physics was kinda awesome. We got to use a platinum thermometer, but had to calibrate it from scratch. Well, we didn't do a great job with that because our calibration was 50 degrees C out from the expected value. We weren't even close. But, the good thing was that while out data was out, it was consistent within itself and created a near perfect line so we technically proved the law.
Not much else of interest to say. I have lots planned for Friday, including two meetings, one for Engineers Without Borders, and one for French Club. I am now the head of one of the (minor) projects in the EWB group, so I will probably be more involved in that from now on. It will also take up a bit of time (not sure how much yet) but I suppose it's good practise for any potential career.
So that's about it. This semester should be busy, stressful and kinda fun. But then, that's uni.
It's been three days of uni and already I'm exhausted. The idea of studying triggers an extremely definite 'no' from my brain. My subjects all look interesting (and kinda hard) and I am slightly intimidated by the workload and how much thinking I'll have to do in such a short space of time, but hopefully it'll make my brain better at processing things. I know last year did.
Currently it is 7pm and I am still at uni since I used up all the internet at home and my mum has an online lecture so we're both here doing various things on the internet. These last few days have all been like that. I've been trying out some new clubs since I actually want to do non-studying things at uni too! Monday was Debating which I left at 6 so I got home kinda late. Tuesday I tried out the uni choir which I don't think I'll be going back to, mostly because I get the feeling that it caters more for the people with 10 hours a week of classes. I got back really late from that; I was home at about 9 and then proceeded to watch tv for another couple of hours before getting up at 6:30 the next morning. I guess that's probably the reason for my recent exhaustedness and even more of a reason to be more sensible and not take up too many things at once. This whole pacing thing never gets easier, even though I am extremely aware of my limits. I always feel like pushing the boundaries.
Today my wish for a choir that doesn't have ridiculous rehearsal times was answered. I was meeting up with a friend today and she had an impromptu choir meeting so I ended up coming along. Technically the choir is supposed to be only for medicine students since it's part of their student society, but I guess they really don't mind if I come along as long as they aren't suddenly overrun with non-med people. It was nice to sing high again, but since it's been so long I don't think I was much good.
I keep thinking about how much work I have ahead of me this semester and I keep doubting I'm up to it. It's going to be quite a battle trying to learn all these new concepts, a battle I'm not really used to. I think the thing that really does it is the thought of six exams at the end of the semester. Having to do all the prep and having to sit so many exams, even some of them aren't worth much is kinda intimidating. I think physics freaks me out the most. I'll have five hours of exams (though not in a row) which is a lot of time to be spending on the one subject, especially when I have two more (and possible three but I don't know yet) demanding subjects to study for too. I guess I should have known it would be like this considering my subjects, but somehow physics took me my surprise. Five hours of exams is a lot of stuff to remember...
Uni is back, bringing to a close the boredom (but in a nice way) of the holidays. Today I had the first four of five different kinds of lectures this semester and so far it's been... interesting.
I was late for the first lecture despite leaving home early because for public transport delays which was less than ideal. After a break I had my first French Culture lecture which was also easy. Unfortunately the next lecture (Quantum Physics) wasn't so nice. We were greeted with an assignment which is due in a few weeks and told that 'we weren't expected to ever feel comfortable with this material' since it is so counter-intuitive. Straight after that was a French Grammar lecture which at least told me that my French subject will probably be manageable this semester. Tomorrow I have my first Mechanics of Materials lecture which I hope isn't too bad, but judging by the usual workload for engineering subjects is going to take a lot of time and effort.
So, I have no idea how I'm going to do this semester since it seems like it's going to be crazier than last semester and I am completely out of study mode since then. I guess I'll take it one week at a time, because that's probably how I'm going to be assessed.