Dealing with Deadlines

As a student it is inevitable that you are going to come across deadlines at some point in your time at university. Personally, I think I deal with deadlines pretty well and compared to some of my classmates and friends who seem to leave everything to the last minute, I am quite proud of how I’ve handled essays and getting things in on time this past year and a half. I’m the kind of person who will have an essay done and ready to be sent in weeks before it’s actually due otherwise I’ll be super stressed out and will never get it finished. In this post I’d like to share with you my hints and tips on how to stay on top of your work at university (or just deadlines in general).


My first and most important thing to think about when it comes to deadlines is to make sure you know exactly when all your deadlines are. Once you know how much work you have to do and when you need to do it by, you can set up a plan on how you are going to achieve them. At the start of each semester I looked through all my student handbooks and made a nice list of all the essays and exam I needed to do by the end of the semester. It looks a little something like this…

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By splitting it up like this it felt like I had a lot less work to do and things seemed to flow much more smoothly. I would then cross off the ones I had finished and handed in and the feeling of relief when I finally got to cross another one off was so good. By doing this I could figure when I needed to start each assignment to get it done on time. This meant I had plenty of time and knew exactly what I was doing so I was a lot less stressed about the deadlines.


My next tip is to have breaks (but not too many!) Something I struggle with and probably always will do is keeping focused. It depends on each individual person but generally everyone needs a break now and again. Something that really helped with actually writing my essay is the first tip because if I had plenty of time to do it, then I could take my time and do a small amount every day and not worry about having to write all day non-stop. Breaks allow you to re-focus your mind and wind down for a little bit meaning your work will be much higher quality overall as you’re not rushing. I try to do at least half an hour at a time and have a short break doing something fun to reward myself for doing hard work. If you are going to use short times like this though, make sure the work you do within the time is good quality. I like to do something productive in my breaks and not just scroll through Facebook . I’d suggest investing in a little colouring book or maybe even read something to keep your mind in a creative zone so you can jump straight back into working again. My colouring book has some inspiring quotes in it that help me to focus a bit more too.


Another thing to keep in mind is yourself. It’s easy to forget about yourself when you are stressed about exams or deadlines so make sure you add in some self care* along with your work. Take a few snacks with you when you have a study session and more importantly stay hydratedThis keeps your mind working and helps you to focus. Also, a little treat like a nice bath with some candles after a hard day of studying really helps to relax you and sets you up for a productive day tomorrow.

* I’ll write a blog post on how I use self care soon ♥

I hope this has been helpful and given you some tips on how to handle stressful deadlines but if you have any questions let me know in the comments and I’ll answer them as best as I can!

Abbie ♥

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Student Life

From the age of about 14 I’d always assumed that I would go to university when I got older because it’s what most of my older friends or relatives had done themselves. It seems scary at that time to think that some day in the future I would be living on my own in a city possibly quite far away from home studying one subject for 3 to 4 years. And it didn’t get any less scary the closer it got.

I started properly thinking about going to university in my first year of college but even then I wasn’t so sure as to whether it was the right way to go. However, my friends were all going so I decided it would be a good idea too. That and I had absolutely no idea what kind of job or other things I wanted to do after college was finished. At 16/17 years old it’s hard to know exactly where you want to go in life so opening your options with a degree under your belt seems like a pretty strong way to start.


Choosing a uni…

For me choosing a uni was very easy and I’d pretty much already decided before I’d even looked around anywhere. I wanted somewhere close to home but not too close. Somewhere with a good reputation and facilities. And somewhere where I knew at least one person so I wouldn’t feel so alone.


First year…

During my first year I questioned whether I really wanted to be there a whole lot. The first week included a whole host of emotions. I missed home but I loved my new friends. I was worried about impending lectures but excited to know what would be in store for me.

As I got more and more settled in to the student halls I became much more confident. Throughout school and college I had always been “the quiet one” and would never be the first to say hello. I think it helped a lot that I came to uni with my life long best friend. Although people will tell you, “don’t just choose a uni because your friends are going there!” it definitely was an important factor for me and really helped me to feel at home in a completely alien environment.

17270045_1327035920712498_2040743440_nI was kind of lucky in the sense that my first year of uni didn’t count towards my final grade so had the chance to really jump into the student culture. If you are in this situation just remember that although your first year seems like a chance to go out partying every single night, it is also a stepping stone towards your second year and you do need to learn how to actually study and write essays! Yes, partying may seem like the number one priority as a brand new student but you are primarily there to learn and do the best you possibly can so find a balance between the two. I’m not saying turn down every invitation but make sure you have time for yourself too.


Overall…?

Now half way through my second year I definitely wouldn’t have changed anything I have done. For me, university has not only been a learning experience on an academic level, it’s been a massive learning curve for me personally. I feel I’ve grown as a person and learned so much about myself that I may not have got the chance to experience if I’d gone straight into work. I’ve realized my passion for journalism and love for experiencing new things. But most of all, I’ve got the chance to make tonnes of amazing memories and made some lifelong friends along the way.

Abbie ❤