REAL students express opinions about the difficulties of adult student life in many ways; this includes general complaining, excessive humor, anger, indifference, and in some cases, extreme social withdrawal. I’ve been through all those phases in no particular order, sometimes within the span of a single day, maybe a couple of hours, or even the span of a 75 minute lecture. It’s not a one-time event, but an ongoing process to cope with the disappointments and struggles of academic life. Depending on the reason and time of day, I can start in any phase and cycle through from there. Rinse and repeat. Since misery loves company, I usually retreat to the REAL student lounge, everyone gets it there. It’s a ‘here we go again’ type of thing, but also a good de-stressing space. The struggles is REAL!
In the midst of the academic chaos that is currently our reality, I’ve managed to capture a few creative representations of the struggle as depicted on the white board in our lounge.
First, holiday cheer for all! And other.. stuff..
Next, how academic feedback feels like sometimes. cats are always relevant too...
Community contribution of random quotes or CCRQ (I totally made that up), from Garfield to Mark Twain..
This one is my favorite. Unfortunately I didn't notice the poor quality of the picture before it was erased.
Last, but not least: random art. A possible example of procrastination.
It's a struggle, but a beautiful one. Especially in good company.