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