When you run into someone you know and they ask how you’re doing, how do you respond? The odds are, you’ll say something like, “things are good – I’m super busy!”
Nowadays, it’s the norm to be busy. It’s not uncommon for 20-somethings to work a full-time job, while managing a side hustle (or two), a fitness regimine, and a social life.
One of the reasons so many of us like to keep busy is because as millennials, we’re always looking for ways to better ourselves. We want as much as possible out of life and to be the best we can be. So many of us (myself included) live life by the motto, “never settle.” Personally, I can’t fathom how people stay for years on end in a job that they don’t enjoy. We spend the majority of our waking hours at work. Despite having other interests, it’s hard to enjoy life when you’re not happy with your job.
As you might remember from my last article, when I went to University, I didn’t have a specific career path in mind. After graduating, I landed a job and stuck with that industry for a few years. During that time, I also started my blog, made new friends and discovered some new hobbies. It was a time of self-discovery! As far as work was concerned, I enjoyed what I was doing, but ultimately, I didn’t see myself working there forever.
Changing Paths – Back To School
I could have looked for another job, but instead, I decided to go back to school. At that point, I had been blogging for a couple of years and had rekindled my passion for art and design. After doing some research, I found that Seneca College offered courses in Web Design. It seemed like an interesting and promising career path – and I was eager to give it a try.
Web Design at Seneca felt like a great fit because they offered a post-grad program, intended for people who had some work experience under their belts. I didn’t see myself being in school for another few years, but a couple of months? No problem!
Because it was a condensed program, classes ran from Monday to Friday. It promised to be intense – and I was up for the challenge.
So, What’s It Like to Be a Student Again?
As you can imagine, after working for a few years, it felt very weird to be back in school.
Ultimately, there were a few things that I had to get used to.
One of the most obvious differences is that you have to get used to taking in a lot of new information. As a student, your job is to learn. And let me tell you, learning is hard work! I remember being a lot more exhausted than I expected to be – especially during that first week or two.
You know what else is weird about going back to school? The fact that someone else tells you when it’s time to take a bathroom break and when to eat lunch.
And of course, when you’re in school, you have homework! When you work full-time, you shut everything down when you leave the office. You don’t need to think about your upcoming projects, deadlines or clients. But, when you’re a student, you have to go home and spend more time working. I had assignments, projects and reading to do. The learning doesn’t stop just because your class ended.
Overall, I really enjoyed going back to school after working for a few years. I didn’t end up pursuing a career in web design, but nonetheless, it was a really great experience.