By K W Warburton, The Reluctant Spoonie

Last year, I went back to University to get my Master’s in Environmental Science. My typical week is different from most students’ because I have to work around my fluctuating POTS symptoms.

Sunday- Work Experience

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Working at my local nature reserve.

I started working a local nature reserve a few months before my course started. We all know that no-one will look at your job application unless you have some relevant work experience on top of your degree nowadays. When I was an undergraduate, I did at least two extra-curricular activities PER WEEK because I used to be a crazy type-A person. Of course, I’m still type-A, but I don’t have the energy to do everything that I want. This voluntary position that I have is great for me because I get to learn things that are relevant to my degree but there is no commitment to go every week.

Monday- Infusion

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Getting my infusion.

The thing that makes my weekly schedule differ the most from my peers is that have to go to the hospital to get infusions every two weeks. I usually take some reading to do or if I’m really tired, I just watch Netflix all day.

Check out this post for all the POTS treatments that I’ve tried.

Tuesday- Home Study

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On Tuesdays I complete any outstanding seminar work for the next day. I usually study for 4-5 hours per day with breaks in between. I like to use the pomodoro method for my study sessions as it allows time for screen breaks.

Wednesday- Lectures

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For my course, all the lectures and seminars are on Wednesday afternoons. You are expected to do self-study on the other weekdays. This is the main reason that I chose to do this course. Having all the lectures on one day means that I can easily plan my appointments without having to miss any lectures.

Thursday- Nap (+ more home study)

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On Thursdays, I have a lie-in and only study for a few hours in the afternoon. I usually go over the lecture notes from the previous day and plan out my assignment work for the next day.

Friday- Home Study

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On Fridays, I usually work on any upcoming assignments and plan out my reading for the following week.

Saturday- Chores

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On Saturdays I catch up on any housework and chores that need doing. In the afternoon I usually chill and watch a film. Sometimes, I catch up on assignment work if I’ve gotten behind during the week.

Study like me with my adapted pomodoro timer for chronic illness
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