Alex: How to find your study mojo after the holidays
Alex is a Bachelor of Applied Media student majoring in film, television and media. He enjoys walking his cat and watching movies with his friends. He dreams of being responsible for someone else's procrastination, one day hoping to create the next Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones.
Studying something you love is definitely the key to getting through uni.
I can honestly say if I was studying anything else I would have thrown in the towel years ago. But four years is a long time regardless, and by your last few semesters, if you’re anything like me, you may be losing your mojo even if you love what you’re doing.
Whether it’s the early starts, the tight budget or the MASSIVE assignments, coming back to study after having an amazing time kicking back during holidays may not look too attractive and you might find yourself questioning whether you can continue on with study.
During the holidays after my second year, I was able to work full-time again. I found myself living like a king, making the same amount of money I would make in a month during a semester in just one week. With no hefty assignments to work on, I also found myself with an abundance of free time and caught up with friends daily. It was amazing! Little wonder then, that with the new semester drawing closer I dreaded giving up the full-time hours so I could schedule study back into my time.
Unsure if I should stick it out with uni, I turned to my housemates for advice; one of them studies with me and the other works full-time. We talked over my options and basically listed the pros and cons. Continuing study won by a mile. Both housemates told me I’d come too far to give up now. I knew leaving study this close to the finish line would be a huge mistake, but my mind was still unsettled knowing how much hard work and sacrifice my final semester would take.
I talked to my amazing SRO, Alyce, to find out what the rest of my study would involve. By doing this, I found out that some of my classes are available in Semester 3 and by doing one or two of my subjects over the summer break, I could lighten my workload enough to make studying my other classes during Semesters 1 and 2 more manageable and enjoyable, as well as freeing up some time for work.
The following semester turned out to be my favourite so far and with graduation on the horizon, I know I made the right choice to stay at uni.
Thanks to my friends, family and SRO I found my study mojo again and can confidently give you my top three tips for rediscovering yours:
1. Think back to when you enrolled and remember why you started.
What made you excited about starting the course? What will be the benefit of graduating? Is there a pathway to your dream job without this degree? Asking yourself these simple questions may reveal the importance of completing your degree. Chat to your friends or family about your dream career and keep those aspirations front of mind.
2. List your ‘pros and cons’.
List on a piece of paper all the benefits and disadvantages of studying. Being able to take a step back and see all the things you love and hate about having to hit the books in one spot will make it easier to see which side is stronger.
3. Talk to a friend or family member.
Have a chat with your BFF or even mum and dad, and let them know why you’re reconsidering your study. Often getting an outsider’s opinion can help you look at your situation from a different perspective and make your decision easier.
Heading back to uni after a leisurely holiday break is never going to be easy, but that’s all part of the long-term relationship that us students have with study. If you’re finding that these tips still aren’t enough to get you excited about the next semester, why not check in with the Careers & Employability Team and have a chat about where you’re at with your studies and where you want to go. You mojo might be in hiding now, but it can be found!