Have you started to study this fall? Have you experienced stress or problems because of all the arrangements and new things?

If so, this post is for you!

Back to school for me

I starter in an MBA-program a couple of weeks ago. These first weeks have not been easy. I know there are others who suffer from stress in the beginning of a new program. Therefore, I thought I could share my experiences. Peer support has helped me through difficult times in life, and I want all of you to know that you are not alone!

So, the school where I go now It is the same school where I got my bachelor’s degree a few years ago. I know the campus, I know some of the practices, and I can already use some of the software.

Even so, there has been difficulties.

Confusion with the progress of the studies

First of all, I didn’t apply to the program during the main application period. Therefore, there are some differences in the arrangements of my studies compared to those who were accepted during that. This has caused some confusion, since I don’t know all details of how the studies are going to progress -and it seems that neither knows the staff of the school. I might be wrong, the program has just started, so perhaps I will find the right people to ask the questions. However, my initial feeling has been that the process is not perfectly clear to the staff either.

Arranging everything at work

The second source of frustration has been applying for study leave at work and getting things done there so that my substitute can handle everything while I’m gone. It’s not that my employer didn’t arrange everything super quickly. No, they were great with everything. However, because again I didn’t apply during the main application period, I found out about the study possibility less than two weeks before my first lectures. That didn’t give me much time to get everything sorted out at work. Yes, I started the school while still working, but arranging everything in a couple of weeks did cause a lot of stress.

Small but frustrating problems in the beginning

And, now that the school has started, I notice my energy going to irrelevant tasks. For example, the school has a report template for all reports, essays, etc. The template is a Word document with different sections, boxes, instructions, etc. Some of them are easily modifiable whereas others definitely are not. It took me more time to modify the irrelevant sections than to write my first essay. I know that it gets easier now that I’ve used the template for the first time, but this again was one of the not-so-pleasant -parts of starting to study again.

How have I handled everything?

Well, I made a to do-list of everything that needs to get done. I had to know that I wasn’t forgetting anything. Next, I went through the list and placed all the tasks in my calendar. Knowing, that there is only so much I can achieve in a day, I had to prioritize. Everything will get done eventually, but if I try to convince myself that everything gets done in a day or two, I will only be disappointed.

Actually, I already noticed myself getting quite anxious, so I have made sure that I do the things I had planned for that day, and then I have prioritized sleep and exercise. To me this is crucial. I need rest and physical activity in order to function well during stressful times.

So, I encourage you to think, what keeps you going. Yes, we all need rest, proper food, friends, etc., but if you know that you need to knit every day to relax, then knit! Or whatever activity may be the best for you.

Please, share your relaxation tips in the comments down below! I’d love to hear them.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am writing from my own experience as an online learner and from my own point of view. The opinions expressed in this post are subjective.