Autumn 2018 Semester
This first semester in college has been a very difficult adjustment to my life. Every weekend, I absolutely had to go back home and work at my mom’s restaurant so she could get one day off. Then, I would overpack my schedules with appointments, meetings, and other activities. Homework would take much more time than I originally thought it would, and I realized, I did not know how to properly study. As such, I have been meeting with a wellness coach and a nutrition coach to try and get my life back in order.
My wellness coach has been working with me to set weekly goals and try to achieve it. If I was not able to achieve my goals, then we would take about the problems that occurred and methods to try and solve it. I have successfully started to drag all the tasks I have to do in my head onto the reminders app on Apple devices so that I would feel less stressed and sleep better. My original goal of sleeping enough and on time has not been achieved yet. When I first went in, my goal was sleeping right—my day and night hours were flipped (work late into the night and sleep throughout the day). My first week, I successfully slept by 11:30 pm and woke at 7:00 am, but I would still feel tired throughout the day; therefore, we decided to set a goal of sleeping by 11:00 pm and waking up at 7:00 am. The following week of trying to achieve this goal, a lot of drama at college and problems at home made it impossible for me to sleep right. After falling out of a pattern, I was never able to achieve the goal as all sorts of problems came up, but we have been solving little problems in between and trying to eventually reach the goal of sleeping right.
With the nutrition coach, I have been setting mealtime goals—when I would eat and what I would eat. I do not meet with the nutrition coach as regularly as it was and still is very difficult for me to go from one meal a day (or not at all) to three meals a day with snacks in between. I had problems with trying to fit meals in and had no idea how to pack food conveniently since I live in a dorm. As such, I decided to go in and talk to the nutrition coach for ideas. My nutrition coach suggested that whenever I went to get food at Curl, Scott, or any other places, that I bought enough for the next day.
As a first-generation college student, I was unsure of how big gaps in a schedule would actually work. I originally thought I would be able to go to libraries and study or do homework in the gaps in my schedule, but I would always add events/schedules or walk from place to place on campus rather than spending the time as I originally planned. As such, this semester’s schedule ended up being all over the place. Hopefully, my schedule next semester will be better than it is now. I planned for much smaller gaps (if any at all), 8:00 am class every day of the week (so I have a set time of when to wake up every morning), and ending earlier in the day (have time to plan stuff after classes finish to add appointments, meetings, and have a longer time to sit and work on homework).