Summer school was a whirlwind of deadlines, tests, and tedious web activities. I'm very glad its over, although I am grateful for the knowledge gained and the credits I was able to get out of the way in an absurdly short period of time. Now since I know how summer school works I will definitely be utilizing it more in the future for classes that are required for my major so I have more room to take classes just for fun during the school year, or vice versa.
What I learned from the whole experience is to be very, very organized. I've always used a planner, and I even wrote a blog post all about organizing my life. (Read it here!) The quick pace of deadlines and assignment made having a planner vital, or else many of them would've slipped right by me. Especially during the summer, when spur of the moment plans are more common, its important you have that calendar accessible at all times, so when someone suggests a weekend lake trip on a thursday, you can look at your calendar and see if that will be a good idea or not.
That was another thing I learned this past month juggling a job and summer school. Sometimes you need to stay up late with your friends and take an energy vitamin the next morning and go to work. Stress relief is vital, I actually learned all about that in my psychology class that I took this past month. As burnout becomes a more common part of our vocabulary, as more and more people are starting to feel it, balancing out that stress with fun activities is vital to a sense of overall well-being. Spending time with friends is a great way to take off some of the stress that comes with being busy. Just be smart about it! Don't get drunk the night before your final exam, and don't go to the beach for the entire day when you have 4 assignments to get done! But if you've got all your work done, maybe call up a friend to see if they're free to go for a walk, or plan ahead for the weekend and get everything done early so you can take a day trip somewhere.
So far this summer has been really nice. I've learned a lot about myself and in what situations I perform best. I've pushed myself to go out of my comfort zone and have really benefited from it. Since becoming a nanny I've gotten really good at having phone conversations and talking with strangers, which makes going to farmers markets way less awkward because now I can actually converse with all the vendors instead of standing there awkwardly planning my escape since I don't want to buy their expensive organic honey. With summer school, I learned that I love to learn, and I'm glad I can keep pursuing it in college and that I'm going to be an elementary school teacher, and hopefully influence kids to also be life long learners! I also learned that I like schedules, I like keeping busy, and that with a little organization and motivation you can really do anything.
If you're in summer school right now, about to be taking classes, or know someone who is, we have a whole list of helpful articles. Check out our homepage to find all of them, they're listed under the 'Summer School Survival Guide'. We're trying something new on the blog, giving you guys themed posts for the month that all center around one key concept. Keep your eyes peeled for next month's theme, it will be more summer related content, but hopefully more fun than summer school!
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