Too old for this.
May 18, 2010 12:21 PM Subscribe
This is my second semester back after a 4 year “break”. I’ll be 30 very soon and really want to earn my degree. I really enjoy the classes and the discussions on the readings. When it comes to writing the papers I completely shut down. I always underestimate the difficulty of a task and the amount of time it will take to complete. It’s not that I forget. I do a lot of thinking about the paper and the topics – in my head. I have never in my entire life, completed anything before it was due. I have never written a draft. Now that the assignments are for more than 5 pages I am really struggling. I’m drinking way more caffeine, smoking more, sleeping less, completely discombobulated. My grades have been good – when I hand in the work.
posted by mokeydraws to education (25 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
I am very concerned that I am just not cut out for this. People with kids go back to school and take a full load on top of a full time job and get all A’s. I don’t have any kids and am only taking 2 courses at a time. The topics being discussed are not difficult to understand and I find them very interesting. I quit school the first time around for the same reasons. I am feeling horrible about my self and my ability to accomplish things that are important to me. It is already difficult enough to do the things that I am not interested in but need to do. School was supposed to be different because I actually wanted to do it.
Is there some way to learn how to be a planner, a do-a-header? How do I break these awful stressful habits? As you can imagine this has created a lot of anxiety and I know it is completely my fault and I should be able to control it. I would be very interested in hearing some “been there, done that” type of responses where people have overcome a getting shit done right rut.