Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stacks of books

It is that time of year again! Where instead of concentrating all my time on THIS stack of books...

...and instead will be focusing on THESE books:


Don't they look intimidating? I guess some of you might not know that I am studying for a degree in Psychology? Mostly because I don't discuss it very much on this blog. But I have been studying psychology for awhile now and as I'm doing a part-time degree, I am now halfway finished. I have this year's course to finish as well as two third level courses to finish. It is a lot of work and takes a fair bit of my time and concentration in order to do well.

This year's course (Biological pyschology: exploring the brain) is particularly stressful for me. It is the course I've been least looking forward to as it combines a subject I really enjoy (psychology, obviously!) with a subject that I find terrifying (biology). I don't have a strong background in sciences, and I worry that this course will be the undoing of me. Which is why I've made it my goal this year to really work hard on it. I am determined to ace this course despite being rather afraid of it.

I did know well in advance that I would struggle with this course, which is why I've tried to plan ahead, get some reviews prepared in advance, spread out some of my review load to guest reviewers (thank you so much Carrie, Kulsuma and Jenni!) and hopefully it will be enough. I do have a lot of review books already in my possession, I have a lot of review coming my way in the near future and I will do my best to juggle everything.

One thing that I try to keep in the back of my mind is that one of my goals for this year is to 'be kind to myself' and in this instance I feel like I need to remind myself not to put myself under too much pressure to do everything. Besides being a reader and a blogger, I am also a student, a wife and most importantly a mother.

So wish me luck! I feel like I'll need it this year.

14 comments:

  1. Good luck with your course. It will all be worth it in the end.

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    1. Thank you, that is sort of my mantra these days! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll need it. *bites nails*

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  3. You already know I think you're brilliant for doing everything you do, but it's always worth repeating. Good luck with this new part of your course, I'm so impressed by your attitude towards it.

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    1. Oh, thank you! I'm hoping that this new attitude towards my schoolwork continues throughout the year.. :)

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  4. Good luck to you as you're navigating through your studies -- especially this class! It sounds like you've got it all planned out. :) Hang in there!

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    1. Thank you so much Andi :) I really do hope things do work out!

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  5. Good luck with biological psychology! It does sound scary to me as I am not good at science- but I love psychology! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping that the pyschology bits will be interesting enough to push me through the biological stuff!

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  6. Good luck! I'm sure you won't need it though if you approach your studies with the same enthusiasm that you bring to book blogging :)

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    1. Oh what a lovely thing to say, thank you! I *hope* that's the case, but I'm still in stressful-panic mode!

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  7. good luck Michelle! I know you can do it and be awesome at it! :D

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