Stage One: Excitement
New (or new to you) books, sharpened pencils, and maybe a new coil notebook. Ear-to-ear grins as you feel pity for your friends that are not in school.
“I can do this!”
“I love school!”
“I’m going to get all As!”
Stage Two: Overwhelmed or Overbored
As you delve into the course material you realize there is way more here than you first thought. Visions of reading the entire textbook in a weekend have long since evaporated. Or you find the material so boring that you’re looking for boredom as a cause of death on WebMD and find yourself asleep on your textbook no matter how much sugar you put in your coffee.
“Does ANYONE understand this?”
“Who really knows what Shakespeare was thinking.”
“How did someone stay awake long enough to write this?”
“Why am I here?”
Stage Three: Panic
It’s time for the first assignment. Heavy breathing, chest pains, and heart palpitations set in as you read the requirements. You avoid your friends that aren’t in school, envious of their lives of leisure.
“I’ll never finish.”
“Does anyone actually do this?”
“Working at McDonald’s forever doesn’t seem so bad.”
Stage Four: Plateau
You didn’t fail the first assignment or test and now you’re in too deep to withdraw. Motivation seems hard to reach and you often find yourself trying new recipes or cleaning instead of studying.
“I just need to get this done and then I can study.”
“I better run out and get some bagels.”
Stage Five: Completion
The final exam is written and you leave with a huge sense of accomplishment. Maybe you’ll get that A after all. You don’t stop smiling until you realize that next week you’re back in step one.
“I’ll stay in school forever!”
“This is the greatest day of my life!”
“Why is no one around here congratulating me? Don’t you know what I did?”