The Luxury of Studying

I recently met this blogger on Twitter, and he invited me to check out his blog. He has some nice articles. As a current student myself, I can really appreciate this article, The Luxury of Studying. I, too, am guilty of feeling the dread of studying, especially the longer I am in school. I have to dig deep to keep myself motivated sometimes.

However, as this post highlights, it truly is a privilege to be able to go to college and study in the first place. So, I will keep this article in mind the next time I feel like tossing my school book across the room. 😉

Perpetual Change

At Georgia Tech, I am surrounded by students (myself included), who are consistently complaining about the amount of work they have to do or how much they are dreading the amount of studying that awaits them. It has become so commonplace to accept studying as an inevitable evil that dooms us all that many of us don’t even realize how much of a blessing it may actually be.

That’s right, studying is a privilege.

There are over 7 billion people on this planet. Out of them, over 1 billion people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less. 795 million people, or about one in nine people are not able to get enough to eat. 783 million do not have access to clean and safe water. The list could go on and on. But at the end of the day, all I have to worry about is doing well on my test.

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Just One More Hour Please

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Time management is no joke! I swear ever since I started back going to school full-time, I feel like I’m always a day late & a dollar short. There’s never enough days in the week or hours in the day. I work 3-4 days a week, clocking in 20-26 hours, and I’m taking 4 classes. With each class requiring roughly 10 hours of my time each week, I end up devoting 60-66 hours weekly to work and school. How in the world did I get myself into this?

I don’t like working over 20 hours at my job. Don’t get me wrong, the paycheck be cute. However, those 6 extra hours make a big difference in my week. Those are 6 extra hours I need to make sure I get my Program Design homework submitted in time. Those are 6 hours worth of naps that I’ve lost and won’t get back :-/ or 6 hours I could use to take a break to watch some Netflix throughout the week and work on this blog.

Oh yeah, the blog takes up time too. Trying to write every week is a challenge in itself, but promoting Chat and Sip is a time-consuming ordeal. Now that I’m really in the thick of school, I don’t devote nearly as much time to pumping up this blog like I did when I first started. I just don’t have time to scour Twitter all day trying to get new followers, and Toddley dang sure ain’t got no money to be paying for advertising. The bank account is not on fleek these days. 😮 I mean, I’m not necessarily trying to be the next Perez Hilton or Just Jared anyhow, but I still don’t want Chat and Sip to just lie around at the bottom of the internet collecting dust. Some would probably argue that the blog isn’t a necessity, but it really helps me stay sane.

I just need to get my schedule in check. In all actuality, it’s not even time management that’s the real issue. I can and do make a nice schedule for myself to handle all these classes while working, but I just don’t really stick to it. A schedule is like a budget. You can bust out the calendar and set up the perfect schedule or study your bank account(s) and create an excellent, money-saving budget. However, if you don’t stick to that schedule or budget, then it doesn’t mean a hill of beans. (Okay, I went straight southern with that one. Lol. Translation: Then it doesn’t do you any good).

My real problem is that I struggle to stay focused. Sometimes I swear I have ADD. I really battle sometimes to stay focused with my studying. I’m starting to need energy drinks to stay alert and not fall asleep. My Information Security class is so damn boring that it takes me hours longer to do my assignments than it really should. I start reading about “Denial of Service attacks”, and I just want to toss that thick a$$ book to the side and go watch an episode of Cupcake Wars instead. If you suffer from insomnia, you need to buy yourself a book on Information Security. Start reading that just before you go to bed, and trust me, you will be out like a light in no time. Nothing says I’m sleepy quite like pages and pages about Host-based Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems. #smh #boreborebore. I pretty much go to Starbucks at least once a week now to study. I know I won’t take a nap there.

Anywho, how good are you at managing your time? What are some tricks to help you stay on schedule when you’d rather be doing something else with your time? Toddley would love to know 🙂