by Christiane, Team Leader, Peer Learning Assistant Program
When I was in first year, I was obsessed with planning. I was anxious and stressed and had trouble sleeping because of it. I knew that I had to push myself because if I did not, I would not get in to my choice of program – psychology. So I did push myself. I went to all the workshops on learning that I could. I tried all the study tips. I spent hours making a 30cm pile of cue cards I would not have the time to use. All and all, I was a wreck because I was listening to everyone else’s ideas of what I should do and how I should do it. After the first semester, I went to counselling because I found my anxiety to be too much to handle. After only a few sessions, I started relaxing. I found out that I was a worrier. And I KNOW that there are many of us out there! So I took matters into my own hands and decided to adopt a different attitude, saying to myself, “Who knows what will happen tomorrow!” And that is when my marks sprung from 75, to 85… 🙂 Looking back, it was silly that I worried so much about the future. I ended up getting into psychology, and then changing programs to gender studies! It is important to follow your own ideas. Take tips you like, and leave others behind. Listen to yourself. You are the only one you need to answer to. And you are ALLOWED to change your mind, get bad marks, experiment. Trust that you will find your way.