It’s Friday!! I suppose this actually means something to me this week because I’m not working all weekend. I also didn’t work all week – it was my first week of classes, so I took a week of vacation to help get me into school mode. My classes are Monday-Wednesday, so I’m all done and have spent my other days getting a head start on the work. It’s been interesting heading back to school, so let’s do a Five for Friday about some things I’ve noticed this past week.
- Everyone has a laptop. I started college in 2003, graduated in 2007, then did nursing school in 2008. Minus a year of online grad school, I haven’t been in school since 2008. Back then, students barely had cell phones. iPhones weren’t out yet (or at least weren’t common, I don’t remember) – I remember people having Razor phones and that was the “cool” phone to have. In class, we mostly took notes in notebooks, wrote on preprinted sheets from teachers, or printed Powerpoint slides to follow along with. I showed up to class with a notebook and felt a little out of place since everyone else had their laptops open. To be honest, I’m not totally sure what they do with them since our classes have been Powerpoint before, and I think it’s easier just to take little notes next to it, but maybe I’m just not tech savvy enough. Maybe this will change over time…
- My free time is not “free” time anymore. Working three 12 hour shifts certainly has its perks – four days off without any work, and I don’t bring work home with me. So basically I have a lot of free time. I’m not totally sure what all I do with all that free time except spend a lot of time by myself. (And reading and watching Netflix – not blogging, for sure.) Now, my “free” time will be spent doing homework and studying. Of course, this is what I signed up for, but it will be a change for sure.
- I learned that my least favorite question is, “Will this be on the test?” I mean, I get that it’s important to understand what you’ll be tested on, but it came up very, very quickly in one of my classes, and I think it takes away from the idea of learning. Also, I can’t imagine being the teacher and having that question constantly asked.
- Riding the subway is stressful. I’ve been lucky enough to either walk or bike to work for my entire time in the city, so I don’t take the subway very much. I take the subway to get to school, and it can be so stressful! It’s crowded, people aren’t the nicest, people can be crazy. Walking to work is much, much more peaceful. Biking less so since I’m scared a car will hit me, but still way better than the subway.
- My hip doesn’t like this very much. Going to class and studying requires a lot of sitting. Of all the things that make my hip hurt, sitting in one for awhile tops the list. (Minus a double digit run, of course, but I’m not doing that right now.) I first noticed this pain on the train back from Boston – it was agony sitting on the train.
Have you gone back to school after time off? What did you struggle with? Any thoughts to share?