Back to school and productivity

There is always an initial excitement with going back to school, one that brings a sense of determination and motivation. As much as the end of summer can seem like a bummer, there is always a “high” present with starting a new year. For most of us at Brock, a new year can mean a new house, new friends and new roommates. It also means different classes and new professors. In a way, a new year is like a new start,- a chance to top off the last.

It is human nature to want to keep growing and changing and that’s exactly what Fall brings. Everyone loves “new” and second chances. Not only does a new year bring about different opportunities, it also gives everyone another chance at being better, whether it be academically, socially, or in terms of their health. A new year serves as an opportunity to right our past wrongs.

Brock University students are no exception to his “Fall high.; it kicks in the second the registration system starts up. The (limited) amount of power we are given, being able to choose what we want to take and when we want to be in class feels pretty nice, even if it isn’t as flexible as we’d like. But right away there is this promise to do better than the last year. Maybe you scheduled a class intentionally in the morning in hopes of getting more work done throughout the day, or a night class you picked with hopes to get more time for other things during the day-the common goal behind something like this is almost always to do better academically.

Another thing that gets us students a little sidetracked is O-week. Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with O-week; it gets the students pumped and excited, gives us time to socialize before our workload gets too heavy, and it’s a time to let loose and have fun. However, as great as this seems, it also momentarily blinds everyone for the real reason why they’re at Brock. Although week long events such as these can motivate students, it could also start off their academic year distracted. Starting off the school year partying every night (which seems to be the case for most people) is an extremely appealing idea. Even before O-week begins, you are almost guaranteed to hear students talking excitedly about future partying and other fun things that they plan on doing over the year. I’m also positive that when students are picturing things like these, they forget the future quizzes, tests and exams that they’ll also have to take over the year.

It seems a common promise that everyone tells themselves, that they’ll do better in the new year, they’ll try harder, they’ll be more productive – it varies, but it’s a similar goal for everyone. What tends to happen though is that this productivity fades. This could be for a number of reasons. It could be because they’ve fallen into a boring routine, or it could be a lack of purpose or motivation. But what I think takes the cake for everyone, is that they all lose sight of the bigger picture. Sooner rather than later, it’s exam time and you’ve spent your entire semester doing exactly what you said you wouldn’t, and for most of us, it tends to be the same scenario – you partied too much and didn’t study enough.

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