“The group project is to encourage the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in groups; to manage conflicts appropriately and ethically; and to pool knowledge and abilities to produce a superior report of research and analysis, including a critique of published research.”
Holy crap I have nothing to offer.
Take deep breathes, stay calm, you can do it. I’m sitting here at my desk, for the first time in the whole holidays writing a pros and cons list of why and why not I should take a second major in psychology. There are so many opinions running through my head that make me just want to break down and have a good cry. I just really need to figure out what it is that I want to do this year.
Well I want to get good grades and transfer, but also discover and learn new things that may open my mind to new possibilities (this is important because I still don’t know what I want to transfer into). I hope writing out some thoughts that don’t fit into my pros and cons list is productive, I’ll just say it is because otherwise I will surely have an anxiety attack.
I’m just confused. And I can’t even categorise it into what I’m confused about, that’s how confused I am. Am I confused about myself? My passions? My abilities? What I like? Sometimes people say, you can do anything. But then on the other hand, people will say to me, you’re doing arts, you can’t do science, good luck with statistics next semester, and laugh. The thing is, can I do different things? People say you can, try new things all the time, at least give it go. I’ve given it a go, psychology and statistics, I did it last semester. But did I really give it a good try? Because I didn’t study the entire year, why did I not study? I tried to in the beginning, and then just conked out. Does this mean university isn’t for me? I used to think I was smart, at least pretty smart and not an idiot, but now I’m beginning to think that I’m actually stupid. I mean, even if I was a bit smart before in high school, I feel like I’ve completely lost any sort of academic intelligence. Do I just need to ‘retrain’ myself? Or am I just stuck being stupid. But I don’t believe that anyone is ever stuck. When people ask me for advice I always know what to do (well generally). But sometimes I wonder, do they want to know what I would do. I give advice, in a way where it’s kind of the epitome of ‘goodness,’ and I’ll usually add in what I would do personally in that situation. Giving advice is hard because the person who actually needs it is the only one who can really know what is best for them. But when I give advice to myself I always back hand the ‘good’ advice with something less encourage-able, a more dire outlook on life.
So maybe I should try and give advice to myself as I would give to others in my situation. So me as my outer self is giving me as my inner self advice: Should I study psychology? It’s really hard, it has statistics, and I’ve always almost prided myself to be a non-maths and non-science person even though I used to love science when I was little. Science has always interested me, but I was never much good at it, I’d always prefer studying for music or doing practicals in textiles, drawing, or even learning languages or thinking deeply about concepts in english. I guess now I see that those are the things I love, but I’m not doing any of those things anymore which to be true to myself, is really quite sad. The most I do is sing in the shower, play the piano when no ones home, and the last time I did anything to do with textiles was alter my birthday dress (which I had great fun doing) and cutting tops into crop tops. Though I think languages weren’t really my forte since I didn’t pick it up as an elective, even though I was acing French like a boss, still can’t hold on to a French accent though, or any, maybe with practice. This will also seem like a petty reason, which it is, it’s that continuing with psychology will mean I have to deal with a clashing lecture. I’ll probably have to listen to the stats lecture online, which I’m not sure, it could be detrimental to my learning. For PSYC2011 we have an in-tutorial quiz every few weeks, I’m scared. Reading the course outline makes me scared. There’s a group assignment and I’m so scared I’ll let my class mates down, I really sucked last year, and I’m scared even if I try really hard I won’t be able to it. I wonder if I try to pretend to be positive I will end up being positive, and succeeding. Or on the other hand I will fail miserably and probably fall into some sort of deep depression. Writing this is making me so sad. Should I try and give myself advice now? Get ready for some pump up talk (this is going to get weird I can feel it already).
Dear self, I know you’re having troubles right now, believing in yourself, but you can do it if you put your mind to it. You can achieve anything. You’ve got your entire life and you’re only nineteen, you can’t give up now because what will happen for the rest of your life? You can’t be complacent. Nothing is easy. And everything that is easy gets harder, but that’s what makes it worth while, makes life worth living. Pursue your short term goals and they’ll evolve into long term goals, into your career, into your passion, and into your life. Do what makes you happy. If you don’t know what makes you happy, then try new things, how about you try actually trying this year. Don’t give up. If you’ve fallen behind, don’t go anywhere, don’t do anything, study, get back on track, and maybe reward yourself. It doesn’t matter if your timetable is difficult right now, you have to do what you have to do. I think you should do psychology and listen to stats online, it’ll give you time to process what they’re saying, pause and listen, take notes, especially if it’s hard. You just have to make sure you listen every week. Set some classes on Tuesday and go to uni, and listen to the lecture afterwards. Doesn’t matter if you’re tired, you’re always tired because you’re a bit of a major lazy shit. It’s time to get up early and just go. You used to get up at 7:15am for high school, what makes university different? Get up, get ready, go to uni, or take your time and have a proper breakfast, meet up with people before you head off, if you’re at uni early go to the library and revise your readings, don’t be late to class. It doesn’t matter if you only have class for a tiny bit in the morning on Tuesdays and it’s your only class and you have to go because it’s a tutorial, you will study afterwards. It doesn’t matter that you’ll have one less day to work, and one less day to make money for an overseas trip because uni is more important, it’s how you’ll make money in the future, and real career professional money, not retail base rate teenager pay. If you study hard and properly you won’t let your class mates down. Just try your best, that’s all you can do. Uni is a full time job, five days a week, you’ll have a work shift now and then but don’t let that make you tired and think, no studying for today. Study everyday, everyday of your fucking life. Do what needs to be done, do more than needs to be done. Study at least six hours a day. You need to study otherwise you’ll fail like last year. You are smart. And you can do it. If you work hard you can achieve anything. You aren’t born smart, you’re made smart, you can make yourself smart. (Okay that just sounded a bit derp but whatever). YOU CAN DO IT.
Sigh. I feel slightly better and bit lame. Anyway, I think I’ll do what I told myself to do, because I know that’s what’s best. Let me learn my lesson by saying that I could’ve been having the time of my life studying Fashion at UTS right now, but because I was stupid, and even though I knew what I should’ve done, I made the wrong decision and now I’m here doing Arts. Arts is cool, just not for me. Even though UTS is ugly and stupid, it was better and I should’ve put that as my first choice. I am an idiot for putting Arts first when the ATAR was so fucking low. But at least I’m trying to do something, to change it, to be better. Back to thinking, I will fix my timetable, apply for jobs, find someone to swap shifts with me, and organise my shelves, make a list of stationary to buy, and hopefully buy that tomorrow.
Also I’m having major hair issues and food craving issues I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Stay strong, me.
Just Another Woo Girl