The end of the Swedish adventure, almost

The end of the Swedish adventure, almost

The thesis has changed columnist Anindyaningrum Chrisant Rystiasih’s sleeping and eating pattern. And it’s a big thing for her since she’s a major foodie who usually loves to cook.

Every conversation I have seems to end in thesis talk. It would seem that all aspects of my life have shriveled up and disappeared leaving behind a heap of thesis mumble jumble.

In this quiet city of Lund, the sun is shining (sometimes) and everything seems to be okay in the world. That is, everything except for the anxiety in the pit of my stomach.  I knew all along that I would have to do a thesis, but apparently knowing isn’t the same as doing.  This work on my thesis has completely changed my lifestyle, especially for this past month.

My laptop is my lover, I spend countless hours with it. When I am at my laptop, stroking away at the keys, the hours of the day seems to pass by in a heartbeat. The poor thing is seeing some gruesome work hours. As I watch it grows slow and sluggish. Then again that might be due to the 20 tabs I have open on my Google Chrome and the fact that I haven’t restarted the thing for a month. 

I’ve taken procrastination to a whole new level. It used to be I would procrastinate on exercising, reaching for the magazine or candybar and promising to fit in some crunches later. Now, I use excuse my lack of exercise as an excuse to not do my thesis. The thing is, even 30 minutes of exercise helps me clear my head, and get me better results when I work. So I go for the run, and get back to work well, 4 or perhaps 7 hours later.

This thesis has changed my sleeping and eating pattern. This is a big thing for me as I am a major foodie who usually loves to cook. I feel like I don’t have the time or brain space to think of what to cook. My diet now primarily consists of chocolate bars, coffee, milk, and the occasional fruit. If we are talking about sleep, I sleep early. Early, as in when the sun starts to rise and the birds begin their morning song.

Another side effect of working on your thesis is that you become super philosophical, starting to question the meaning of life and everything else. Furthermore, the thesis signifies the end of your studies, which means you have life looming afterwards. The question of what I am going to be doing in my life hits much harder these days.

Well, you do what you have to do. Soon these countless hours slaving away will be a thing in the past, and then we will finally find ourselves in summer. So let’s trudge forward bit by bit, motivating every step with the thought of summer vacation as our reward.

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