So it is halfway through the first semester of sophomore year and I am already exhausted. Im a sophomore in mechanical engineering; while I was blown away by the change from high school to college, I thought it was a good thing because I was learning so much. Although I expected a big jump from freshman to sophomore year, this is starting to get a little bit ridiculous. I feel like there simply isnt enough time in a week to learn everything. Each subject on its own would be manageable, or even just three or four of them.
I understand that most people can handle it. Frankly, I just feel uncomfortable trying to manage all of this, and I like being comfortable as opposed to uncomfortable. Some of the engineers here will probably think Im weaksauce for wanting more time for each subject and not just drilling through them all, but honestly, I want to have some time to stop and enjoy the college life once in a while. There has been almost none of that this semester.
So what if I took five years to graduate instead of four? What Im really interested in is going to graduate school. So if I split up my classes into five years, I would fill each semester with research, so that I could better control my workload. Then would having all that research experience help in a graduate school application for going into research? Would the fact that I took five years matter in a situation like that? I guess thats what Im wondering.
I know its weird, but I like to relax so much. I have a passion for learning, and I want to be able to enjoy that, not feel overwhelmed by it.
Im feeling uncomfortable with my workload. Would taking five years to graduate harm chances of being accepted to graduate schools? I plan to do research each semester.