Well, the first option is to just give up. That is a distinct--albeit depressing--possibility.
The second option is to cut back (if possible). I do understand that paring back a semester (especially after three weeks) isn't always the easiest or best thing to do, but is it really necessary to do everything you're doing this semester in this semester, or can you do it next semester?
The third option is to soldier on, and from what you've written it sounds like that's the option you'll go with.
It's also probably the most effective.
Think of this as the storm before the calm. It helps.
I can't do it next semester. This is it. I am scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester, and I can't drag it out.
Soldier is the answer. But by god, there will be whining!
A trick I try is to imagine who I will be after the semester. If I live through it, which is quite likely, I will have done whatever needed to be done from now until then. And you will have done it. You will not quit. I can feel the determination in your post.
I suspect that small pockets of time will open up during the semester, little windfalls that you would not appreciate if you were not so strapped for time. President's Day, or Ferrett deciding to take a day off to clean house and make lunches, or a professor who decides to make an assignment a bit easier.
You're almost there. Keep going. :)
I'm trying, but I just feel very deep in the trenches right now.
I'm glad that he urged you to go work out, instead of letting you vege. Everyone gets tired, and I know you are over due a rest. Just a little bit further though and then you can rest.
Alas, Corporations is a class of 8 - highly unusual, since it's generally a class of 30-40 - so he calls on everyone every week.
2006-02-05 05:27 am (UTC)
This entry just sounded like an echo of my thoughts this past semester. It is indeed, burnout, and it feels awful. I'm not saying that everyone goes through this, and all that bull. No, I'm trying to let you know that you're not alone in this, and in that, you should take comfort. I have every confidence that you will manage to get through this, because you just have to. Because of this necessity, you will find a way. You may have to give up even more sleep, you may have to cut a few corners in terms of the reading, you may have to feel extra tired for the next couple of weeks. But the fact remains that it will all get sorted out and there will come a time in the near future when you look back and see this hard time in the past.
Look forward to that day, and try to enjoy your studies a little along the way. Good luck, and I hope your days will be productive.
I have marked the weekend of May 13-14 as a weekend of sleep - after finals, before commencement, before Bar Bri.
But it feels like a long way off just now....
*hugs* I'm cheering you up with this icon (that I didn't make, but is gankable with credit to the owner, whose username appears on the first panel). Be cheered! Go go!
The last semester is second only to the first (where you're getting used to the workload) as far as suckitude goes. But you've made it this far, so this last little bump should be a piece of pie. Or pi, whichever, but I find pi leaves a weird aftertaste that I don't much care for. *shrugs* Your mileage may vary.
And that was my attempt at humor to cheer you up. If I have failed, I apologize, and if I have succeeded, huzzah! Either way, more *hugs* from a stranger that you probably wouldn't be scared to meet in a dark alley way, given that I am small and unimposing. *nods firmly*
Thanks. The only real cure is time, but that will inevitably pass, now won't it?
I can't say anything more encouraging than YOU AND ME BOTH!!!! AAAAAGHGHGHARGHARGH ARGH
but I may try again tomorrow.
2006-02-05 12:03 pm (UTC)
I know you can and will push yourself through this, but I guess that's not much comfort at this point of time. Try and find small opportunities to be good to yourself between the studying and exercise. The Ferrett will be back soon and I am sure having his broad shoulders to lean on will make the burden feel a little lighter.
... the thing is? i feel like i've seen you get to this point with each semester so far. and you've come out in one piece every time. you can do it!
But usually it's later in the semester! Not at the beginning!!!
But, yeah, you're right. I will because I have to.
My recommendation is a study buddy. We had a particular prof who made us work by the fact that he taught next to nothing and in no particular order, but wanted it all on the paper at test time. We would each study the text and his sketchy notes, then come together an hour before class and hash out together what it all meant. We all passed, most of us with A's!
Yell and cry and kick as much as you need to, and know that we have complete confidence in you. ::hug::
You seem to go through a little of this at the beginning of each semester. Ya know: "Oh Crap! How will I get it all done?! This semester is a beotch!" I think that because this is your last semester (very intimidating, overwhelming, can't come quickly enough), it's obviously hitting you a bit harder this time. Which could be the class load, or a combo of all of the above.
But I know you'll do what you always do - you'll just get on with it. Sure, you'll use your support network along the way (friends & hubbies are good for that), but you will get it done because that's what you do. You're a very strong and determined woman. And I think that's awesome. You are absolutely amazing and shining pillar of... um... wowness.
Hang in there. You're almost done! :D
"shining pillar of wowness"
That made me giggle. Thank you.
Deep breaths, and you've done this before. You'll make it through, and we will all celebrate with you. Remember to sleep, exercise, and stay hydrated.
You can and will do this. You have made it so far, and this semester will not be the exception.
Well, I'd hire someone. My MO is to throw a little cash at any problem.
While I appreciate the sentiment, I don't really see where paying someone to do my work for law school is gonna really help [g].