One term more: time to take a breath

TICK, tock. Tick, tock. I looked up from my work and stared at the clock for a whole minute. Sixty times I watched the second hand move, and sixty times I had the same thought.

Wow, this is going slowly.

During the first two terms I’ve always felt like I’m in a rush, never having quite enough time to do everything. I’ve seen weeks pass in the blink of an eye, and months fade into the realms of my memory. For some reason, though, this term is different.

hourglassI’ve been back in Aberystwyth for about a week now since the Easter holidays finished, and in that time I’ve managed to finish off my dissertation, write my project presentation, and finish two separate pieces of coursework. During the early terms, that would have taken me a few weeks- but now, it only takes one.

The reason for that? It’s simple…time.

I’m only back in Aber for 7 more weeks, and three of those will be taken up by exams. As such, I simply don’t have the time to relax as much as I once did. Although, spending the weekend in pyjamas is still a frequent occurrence.

I’ve often noticed that the final term of the year goes by the slowest, despite the days basking in the sunlight and laying on the beach. Hopefully I’m not alone in this, as it’s the best moment for time to slow down.

Yes, you have exams. Yes, you have coursework. Yes, you’ve got a dissertation due in soon.

However, that’s not everything in life. I’m going to do something very out of character, and quote Ferris Bueller:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ferris is right- people often say that their years at university are the best of their life. If you spend the entirety of it worrying about grades and never step outside, you’re wasting your potential.

I’m not saying don’t do your work, far from it. I’m simply saying that, while you’re not doing work, you should take some time to relax. The world won’t stop spinning if you take a break every now and then; on the contrary, if you take a bit of time out of your day to take a walk or go exploring, then you might just start to appreciate the world in which you live.

Most people won’t get the chance to relive their university days, or to experience the sense of freedom that we’re privy to right now – so don’t waste it while you’re here.

Life moves pretty fast – if you’re lucky enough to find a point where it’s moving slowly enough for you to appreciate it, then you need to make the most of it. They won’t come around often, so make it count.