So, after surviving my first semester of graduate school, here are some recaps of the things I should’ve done (or should’ve done better at least) that would have been beneficial for me.
1) I should’ve stick to my undergraduate habit of going to the library to work on my assignments. Not that I couldn’t do work at home, but there’s something about being in a library that can help me to focus more on my assignments. And I should have probably stuck to a proper schedule of doing my readings and working on my assignments bit by bit - the issue with this is that I tend to want to finish my whole assignment in one go, so it’s hard to get me working on a draft so early on in the semester.
2) See a wellbeing advisor early on in the semester. I only went to see the wellbeing advisor sometime in mid-November, which means I’ve gone through two whole months of feeling inferior and suffering on my own (well, aside from ranting to friends) before I went to actually get help from someone. I should have definitely done it earlier on, so that I can have things in place to help me whenever I feel bad / down.
3) Be more proactive in my learning. And this means taking things in my own hand and be more open and active in the classroom discussions. Now, it is a little (a lot!) intimidating when you’re the youngest person in the class, and (almost) everyone around you have had like 10-15+ years of experience working in the field. When everyone starts talking about things that I’ve never heard about, I would usually stay quiet and just listen to whatever they’re talking about. WHICH IS NOT A GOOD THING TO DO ALL THE TIME, mind you.
I have a couple of weeks’ break to work on my assignments and refresh my brain before the next semester start, so let’s hope the new year and new semester will be better, insyaAllah.