Didn’t think I’d write another #amcurrently post so soon after my first one, but there’s just so much going on. Soooo… behold, a post!
I have a midterm in Foundations of the First Amendment next week and I’m SUPER anxious because that course is so confusing to me. I go to every class meeting, take good notes, and even occasionally ask questions or volunteer answers, but I still feel overwhelmed.
Doing something is better than doing nothing, though, so I’m attempting to study for the test by trying out an idea from studyign: Summary foldables. These are a substitute for flash cards, as you can see in the video above. I spent the morning making a set of them to review nineteen vocabulary terms.
DEEP BREATHS. DEEEEEP BREATHS. I CAN DO THIS. I’ve drawn up a study schedule such that I’m A) going over one section of the study guide per day so I don’t burn out and B) reviewing material in a logical fashion because there are certain sections that I can’t work on until I’ve completed others. Figuring out all this and then settling down to work made me feel much less panicky.
I mean, not right NOW, obviously, but I have been sleeping better than expected: My psychiatrist recommended that I increase the dosage of my meds. Well, the last time I did that it gave me such bad insomnia that I didn’t sleep for two days. (While I was at a conference, too. Ewwww.)
This time around… has not been without its problems, but overall I feel like I adjusted much more quickly. In fact, I think I’ve slept better these past few nights than I have in a long time. Some of that could be related to the antidepressants, too – more energy, yay!
Because it FINALLY feels like spring spring SPRING! The past week was cold and cloudy but yesterday was gloriously sunny. (Today, too!) I didn’t eat dinner until almost eight because the fact that the sun was out made me lose track of time and not realize how late it was getting. I wrote a post around this same time last year about how spring weather positively affects my mental health and I’m SO feeling that way right now.
I’ve double-, triple, quadruple-, and quintuple-checked my calendar to make sure what day of the week it is! For some reason, I feel like it’s a Saturday and I keep finding myself getting all excited about having free time tomorrow (Sundays are my day off!) only to remember that it is not, in fact, a Saturday. SO. That’s a weird persistent mix-up on my part.
Besides Spotify’s Deep Focus playlist and the Harry Potter soundtracks I mentioned in my last #amcurrently, I’ve been rather taken with Ed Sheeran’s latest album, ÷. I’ve heard some of his music over the years, obviously, particularly the song he performed for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but I’ve never really listened to so much of it at once before. AHH IT’S ALL SO CATCHY AND UPBEAT AND CUTE I LOVE IT.
Some of my friends invited me over for Passover tonight, and, like… I still can’t get over the fact that I have FRIENDS here at college. I never went anywhere on Fridays in high school and I still hardly go out on that night even now, so I’m always ridiculously happy when someone wants to include me because I didn’t have that before. We’re just eating dinner together, but it means so much to me.
What are you currently up to?