The teachers are settling into their comfort zones, and we’re finding our paces in each class. It’s a demanding schedule with lots of reading, quizzes in almost every class, and an intense amount of information coming at us for 3 hours straight each night.
I can’t imagine trying to do this without a knowledge base already, especially with the schedule I’m keeping. To be honest, I’m already way behind in reading!
There’s no doubt about it, the pace is challenging. By the last night of class this week, everyone was ready for a few days off.
The rhythm is setting in, slowly for some of us, but all of us are trying to do a lot in minimal time. All of us are working, some of us have families, and several of us are contending with big life stressors outside of class. We’re all asking a lot of ourselves, but we’re all still here. I look at the potential in the room, and I hope that doesn’t change over the next few years.
I’ve also discovered another challenge I have to confront over the next few years. Being an adult learner is way different than being a young one. I used to spend far less time getting information to stick. And then it stayed longer. Though I’ve learned that much of this is from a genetic metabolism disorder that affects my memory and nervous system, I don’t think all of it is. When my disorder kicks in, I feel spacey and can’t find words that I usually access all the time (not a good night to have an Anatomy quiz!). However, my older mind feels slower and less absorbent than it used to as a young student. Hopefully, this is just the challenge of exercising the brain in new ways. I’m holding out for the possibility that it will recover youth soon!