Exams are in a week and a half.
Well, less than that. But I’m trying to be optimistic. I truly have no idea where this semester has gone.
The last few months have been intense to say the least. Although I have tried to be fairly disciplined about keeping weekends and nights free when I have studied in the past, in the past two months, that has gone completed out the window.
I had my first uni-free day in almost two months last week, so one of my best friends and I could volunteer at the Queensland Show (fondly known as the Ekka). It was so nice not to have to think about theses and behaviour change interventions for a few hours – especially when my time off was justified by helping a good cause. Plus, my friend and I went early so that we could look around at the exhibits, pat the animals, eat a substantial amount of food and indulge our inner children for a couple of hours beforehand.
Not only do I always look forward to going to the Ekka each year for the exhibits, animals and food (I may have had 3 strawberry sundaes), it’s a great opportunity to be part of the community. I love volunteering whenever I get a chance. Because I truly believe that my time is the most valuable resource I have, giving it away to something worthwhile is one of the best feelings. If you don’t know where to begin to find what you can do, I have found that a great way to find somewhere to volunteer is to look for big charity events coming up (local shows, fun runs etc.) and look on their website or send them an email to see if they need support. Chances are they will be looking for all kinds of people to help out.
Whilst a part of me would have loved to volunteer multiple times at the Ekka this year, the other part knows that even contributing my time and effort to such a great cause can only justify not studying for so long. So, with my study notes bound, motivation up, and multi-coloured pens at the ready, I’m ready to face these last few days with as much enthusiasm and as few emotional breakdowns as possible.
It’s show time.