All good things come to and end, and the relaxing summer spent away from University, exams, stress and study definitely qualifies. I find myself thinking about my summer; the weddings I've been to, the changes I've seen at work, the chaos in the news, riots in London and various events in the wider world. All this serves to remind me that maybe it wasn't such a relaxing summer, maybe without Uni to go to I manage to fill my life and my time with other things, things every bit as engaging as Uni.
During term time I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure I'm up to date with reading, webcasts etc. I also try to find time to pick up extra curricular activities; mooting, volunteering, blogging. This is all done against a background of working full time (to find the money to pay for the degree) and trying to find time to spend with family and friends. This summer the grand plan was to look ahead to the subjects I'll be taking next term and do a little pre-season training to give myself a head start . . . didn't happen. So I found myself on Monday, with three weeks till term starts, feeling a little guilty about not have done any work over the summer then came the eureka moment. I realized that It's all good, there's no problem, term doesn't start for THREE WEEKS, I'll just do what everyone else does and study during term and not beat myself up about it!
I'm now feeling all kinds of glad about having had a summer which although not quiet had a distinct lack of academic stuff. Having not spent a lot of time with the books I'm feeling pretty well rested mentally and looking forward to the new term. Roll on Domestic Relations and Commercial Law . . .