Joanne’s Update: Returning to School After An Internship

Hello, friends!!

It feels like forever since I posted a blog post, and that’s kind of true. It’s been a long, long time since I last posted on Fung Shui. A whole month, really.

I haven’t posted anything on my social media accounts, either. Not because I needed a break from blogging, but because I absolutely had to take a break from blogging. Trust me, I would have kept on blogging if I had the time, but the weight of spring courses and returning to 21 hour work weeks was unbelievable.

I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there who can complete two spring courses, work, blog, and function like a normal human being, but I’m not one of them. I was able to blog twice a week when I was working full time and taking one creative writing course, and though I would love to say that I still have the time that I did in January-April, I really don’t.

After you finish a year-long internship, you get used to the kind of work and stress that comes with a full time job. The work is done during specified work hours, which means all-nighters to complete a ten page essay isn’t really done in the professional workplace. The stress is there, but it’s a different kind of stress. School feels like a non-stop burden of exams and assignments that loom over your shoulder everywhere you go.  It doesn’t matter if you’re hanging out with friends, relaxing on a Saturday, watching a movie on Wednesday night – school work sticks with you.

So, returning to school after spending a year of unabashed freedom felt like a train wreck. Work, I could go home at 4:30pm sharp. I could actually cook my own lunches, work out, enjoy myself without the guilt. Though working full-time has its stresses, for me, it was nothing compared to the toll of returning to university courses.

Of course, everyone’s different. I needed a lot of transition time than I thought (I haven’t written a critical essay in over a year and a half!), and I am not, in any way, looking forward to returning to full time Fall and Winter semesters. I only have one year left, so I just need to stick it out. Just need to get those two degrees in my hands, throw my graduation cap into the air, and then I am off into this world like a bird that doesn’t know how to fly.

I’ll be back with more food blog posts soon (I’ve been trying out a few places with my newfound freedom), and some fun, random blog posts as well. Hint: Marvel movies may be making an appearance on my blog. 

Hope everyone’s long weekend (in Canada) was amazing! I think the food I ate over this long weekend is worth the month and a half of spring courses – see the birthday cake cotton candy from YYC’s Sugar Cube below.

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6 thoughts on “Joanne’s Update: Returning to School After An Internship

  1. Super nice to have you back; I missed your posts! Hope you enjoy some well-deserved time off before the fall starts. 🙂 Just curious – what careers are you looking into with your degrees?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! To be honest, I’m not 100% sure what I want to do once I’m done. I would love to work in a creative field, specifically writing, but I’m starting to dabble in photography, videography, and social media. It’s up in the air, but definitely a career that exercises my creativity! It’s so ambiguous, which is scary, but also kind of liberating?

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      1. I like to think that if we follow our passions, things are bound to fall into place at some point – even if we don’t end up where we initially pictured ourselves! Best of luck and I’m sure you’ll be brilliant! 🙂

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      2. Thank you, Jen – that’s so sweet of you! It’s such a great thought that things will turn out well as long as you follow your passion. Always something to keep in mind when life takes you down an unexpected path 🙂


  2. Welcome back from your internship! It’s fine that you took a break – life always comes first! I know I had a hard time trying to blog and return comments when I was still in school. I agree that there’s a different kind of stress at work. Good luck with your last year of school! You’re close to the finish line!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! It’s kind of crazy how close I am to finishing school – I’ve been in uni for what feels like forever (five years now). Life flies by faster than I can think!


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