We, link the students of UNSW, sickness have currently been granted a one week autumn break; or mid-term break as it is also called. Even thought the general study tempo is quite a bit lower than I am used to, it is still nice to get some time of. I have spent the beginning of my break doing something that I have not had the chance to do for quite some time. I have been thinking.
For the previous year (from September 2012 to Mars 2013), I have been working a lot. At the start, it was approximately 50 hours per week, but during the autumn semester of 2013, it was more 80+ hours per week. That was because of my employment at Chalmers Teknologkonsulter, as well as my studies at the Supply Chain Management master program at Chalmers. This was the most challenging period of my life, and even though it was tough, I also believe it to be one of the best and most stimulating periods that I have experienced.
Although, as I was employing myself more or less continuously, I did not have the time to stop and reflect, which as it turns out is something that I quite enjoy. Instead, my focus was on the immediate topics that were related to the everyday issues revolving around my studies and work. So, during this time, I did not have a good chance to explore other fields that interest me; I also did not have the time to read as much as I would have liked to. This has changed after I got to Sydney. Life here allows me the space to explore these things again.
During the past days, instead of going on a trip to another place in Australia which was the initial plan, I have utilized the time to go to the beach and read each day, including “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy, which I heartily recommend as a great read, only haven gotten half way through it. This activity has given me the opportunity to recuperate some of the qualities of myself, which were lost in the mist of the events preceding. Thus, even though my studies will invariably once again start in about one weeks time, I feel refreshed and, in some sense, more at peace than I have been for a long time.