Then suddenly I found there weren't enough hours in the day to do everything I needed to do. I spent the first week of the course, putting so much pressure on myself I felt like I was drowning in work. I made no effort to look after myself because I thought I didn't have time to eat, or sleep, or socialise.
While the work-load certainly hasn't lifted by week 3, I have discovered how to manage my time effectively to complete my work and make time for incentives and treats to add a bit of balance to my life.
Every Tuesday I play an hour-long social Netball game which helps me escape from the everyday struggles of the course and vent out some of my stress and frustrations. I prioritise Netball as highly as my work because without it I would not be able to gain the clarity and perspective to effective write. I can escape from journalism completely guilt-free knowing that the next morning I will feel fresh and ready to start a new day.
And if a few hours a week to yourself still doesn't get you through these 9 weeks, and you got a particularly generous Christmas present from your Grandpa, then why not book a holiday to Puerto Rico 5 days after you graduate!