Monday January 25, 2016

Dealing With A New Semester

By Tony Narducci

Well, that was fun. Syllabus week is officially over and the nights of having very little homework are all but over. So sad.

So, how do you get to focusing on school again after over a month of relaxing on the couch and trying to not eat too many Christmas cookies? Well, even as a junior I struggle with answering that question. But, I have figured out that you need to put in more time to reading and reaching your new years resolutions. For example, my resolution is to workout daily. I will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I will lift and do other activities at the Rec Plex on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's. Every semester at UD I have learned something new. Although I received news last semester that I made the Dean's List, I wasn't very happy towards the end of the semester. I quickly realized the reason for that was that I didn't spend enough time working out and focusing on making myself happy. Instead I was doing a lot of things for other people and schoolwork. Although those two are incredibly important things, it is also important to make yourself happy. 

This semester has brought a whole new challenge for me. For the first time in 3 years, I have class at 8 AM. The bigger problem is that I have class at 8 AM every.single.day. It's the second week of the semester and I already can't believe that I decided to make this decision. I have been really lacking sleep and in payment for not sleeping enough I now have a little head cold. I think a lot of lessons will be learned from this semester. So far I learned that I definitely am not ready to be an adult. Waking up at around 6:45 AM to start getting ready for class is brutal. I have also learned that sleep is incredibly important. Missing out on that extra one or two hours of sleep is extremely hard on your body. For example, I am running on about 4-5 hours of sleep. I have felt the effects of being deprived of sleep today, especially as I type up this blog. I have checked back to make things are spelt correctly more often than I typically do, and I am having much harder of a time focusing.

All and all, being back at UD is incredible. Seeing all those that truly do care about you and like spending time with you again just feels right. I also have seen a couple friends that studied abroad last semester, and it's like we didn't miss a beat. We had a nice long conversation about life and his travels that were especially nice to hear about considering the time we spent apart. Another friend of mine is studying at Dayton's sister school in Chaminade University in Hawaii. She has told me all kinds of cool stories and has enjoyed her stay so far. 

Till next time! 

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