It's that time of year again! Easter means balancing one's chocolate intake, social life, exam preparation, and sleep schedule, in the hopes of achieving both a productive and memorable holiday. The sleep part of it has been my main priority, thanks to a hectic Term Two.
As usual, I was bombarded with tests and essays that had me working up until the last night of term. I also took on a range of new extra-curricular projects, including my university's first-ever Earth Hour event - Warwick Blackout. We switched off as many lights as possible in the Student Union building and organised performances, and food and information stalls to get people to save energy. It was a small yet hopeful success for future Earth Hour events, so our efforts were certainly not in vain.
By now I probably should've learned not to bite off more than I can chew and reconsidered how to manage my time. However, I've ignored these lessons by becoming the media director of the international development society, writing for the school newspaper, and applying to be the Blackout coordinator next year.
I'm also continuing all three aspects of my philosophy, politics and economics degree, and many peers have wished me luck with that "suicide mission". When I'm faced with opportunities, I tend to choose overworking myself for the experience, instead of asking if I'll be able to manage everything. It's because university is probably the last time I'll be able to try new things and take on projects that I would never be able to do otherwise.
This is exactly how I justified my trip to Europe in the first part of my precious Easter break. I covered Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Geneva, Bern and Lucerne all in a matter of 10 days. Yes, I lost study time, but I followed my own advice and took advantage of the fact that I'm studying in Europe. Who knows when I'll be back after I graduate? Who knows if I'll have time in the next two years to wander the streets of Budapest or try quiche in Paris?
Those were some of the most spontaneous and glorious days I've ever experienced over the past 18 years. I got to know my university friends better and appreciate the joys of running to catch trains, buses, and flights.
Of course, Term Two and my spring trip have exhausted me, causing me to sleep for 16 hours on my first day break, cutting into precious revision time. As I write, I'm putting off re-reading Plato (yet again) and writing my Economics assignment.
But as hectic and troublesome as my course may be, I might as well enjoy every minute of it. I know when the time comes, you will, too.