The picture I had in my head of what my final semester would look like it will never come to life. Earlier on when I was in the second year and I would pass by the fifth year hostels, the guys were always outside in shorts chatting, basically making of noise because they had a lot of time on their hands. Now that I think about it I have no idea what the ladies were up to. I thought when I get to that level I would have the same fate but hell no. What is free time? Because these days I look forward to-night fall so that I can sleep. I feel like I got an 8-5 job and all you wait for is to get home and relax but the cycle has to continue the next day.
This, however, does not apply to everyone, the guys who are in other departments always have it easy, unlike civil guys. Honestly, my department is the strictest and the people there do not want to see you catch a break. Just when you think you can catch your breath a whole pile of work is thrown at you. I don’t know how many times I have walked past other fifth years in their sweatpants and in no hurry wishing I could also walk around in mine.
The most I have gotten is there is no class that starts at 8 but the few classes that are there are intense. There is a professor who walks in with a presentation that has 326 slides or more (yes 326 slides) and even while we go through them you leave being mentally exhausted and sometimes still have more work to cover personally.
My part-time job which involves me working in the lab is currently consuming any free time that I had. It has also taken a toll on my body but thank God for meal preps otherwise I could be surviving on junk. Getting access to that lab has not been easy and it reached a point where I was so frustrated. I remember a point when others started wishing they chose a different project but that never crossed my mind despite the hurdles. There are days I get so exhausted I just go back to my place because there is only so much I can do.
Will I get a chance to walk around in sweatpants? I don’t know but I hope so. All these hurdles are just continuously teaching me that most things are a process and things take time. Even on days I just feel like staying indoors but I have commitments to work on that is all part of life. Does it ever get easier though? I have to make sure that I will also have sweatpants days that are not weekends or sit outside basking in the sun making fun with my friends so that first years also get an impression of what fifth-year looks like. ( haha)
In other news, there will be a short clip of what a typical day working on my project on my Facebook page on Monday so make sure you like the page and look out for the clip.
The girl in the red lipstick.