With the end of each cold, dark winter comes the promise of newness and growth in the form of Spring. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting (somewhat) better, and everything around us acts as a reminder that life is always changing. With that, we’re reminded that our lives are always changing too, whether we like it or not, and so it seems like the best time to re-evaluate where we are now, where we’d like to be, and how we’re going to get there. Change doesn’t happen all at once. Instead, it’s an accumulation of all the little things we can do to make a change.
If you’re in your final year, then you’ve probably made some attempts to figure out what your career path might look like. If you’re still not sure, maybe it’s time to book an appointment with one of UCC’s career advisors for a little bit of guidance. The careers team are always there to help with mock interviews, CVs and job applications, and general advice. To book an appointment, visit www.careersconnect.ucc.ie .
Study and Exams
Although it might feel like an age since the exam results came out, it’s likely that they’re still on most of our minds, especially with summer exams looming. If you’re not happy with your results, make sure you get in touch with your lecturers to discuss where things might have gone wrong, and what you can do to improve in the future. With that in mind, it’s time to start preparing for the next set of exams at the end of the semester. Take time to set reasonable study goals, and make a study plan that fits into your life.
With each New Year comes the “New Year, New Me,” brigade, eager to get “summer body” ready. While New Year’s Resolutions might already be a thing in the past, it’s important to try to keep up with exercise when you can. Set realistic fitness goals, and make use of the facilities we have as UCC students. Download the Mardyke Arena app on your smartphone to book classes or courses and to keep up to date with the latest events.
We all have things that we keep with the hopes that we might use or wear them someday. In the true nature of a good Spring Clean, it’s time to ditch everything that you don’t need, so that they might find a better home. Declutter your wardrobe and your space and bring anything you don’t want or need that’s still in good condition to your local charity shop. A tidy space is a tidy mind.
Self-care is such a buzzword at the moment, but it’s always important to look after yourself. Self-care comes in different forms for different people. For most of us, a good starting point might be to make sure we’re eating the right foods, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep every day. Try your best to take care of your body and your mind. If you need a little bit of guidance, book an appointment with UCC’s counselling services, or try one of their online courses on www.ucc.ie/en/studentcounselling/online/.
With every new day, week, month and year there are so many opportunities for change. Life is what you make of it, so if it’s not what you’d like it to be right now, maybe it’s time for a spring Clean.