Andrew Seddon, 20, passed away January 21, 2016, in his apartment. He is survived by his organic chemistry notes and neuroscience review guides, who did nothing but stress him to the point of death. He enjoyed spending his nonexistent free time binge-watching television and spending his nonexistent money on cool stuff.
Everyone, yes, I am alive! It is only the sixth day of the spring semester and I feel myself crumbling. There comes a point during the semester where you just give up on all the assignments that are due. Yep, it's that time. You may think I'm being a drama queen, but alas, I'm not. The struggle is real.
When we're all struggling to pick out classes for the semester and registering all the trash we're required to take, there's no time to think. You're rushing through the list of classes available that aren't closed, and add whatever you can. However, you fail to realize what you actually added. How many classes can you really handle?
Can you take three chem classes, two English classes, a math class and "Intro to Garbage Studies" all at the same time? You can't. Unfortunately, you don't realize it until you're neck-deep in schoolwork and two weeks passed the drop deadline.
Now that I'm four days into the semester (not a joke) I can't handle anything! Two readings for this class, five for another. Two papers due this day, three tests another day. All the assignments overlapping and interweaving into a complicated web of stress and death.
How am I supposed to study for an advanced neuroscience test and an organic chemistry test on the same day? Oh, I know. Let me drink enough coffee to end up in the emergency room! On top of all the classes we all take, there's the job, the three clubs, the research assistant position, the volunteering, the cooking, the cleaning, the pooping and all the classes you have to take.
The point of this pre-obituary is to prevent you from suffering a similar fate. Instead of rushing at your enrollment time to find classes that fit into your schedule, plan beforehand. I can promise you that overwhelming yourself will do you no good. I'm definitely not saying to not take 19 credits, but if they're all super hard...don't. You need to remember that having time to breath is a necessity. If you're into being stressed out then ignore this entire warning. If you value yourself enough, save yourself.