This is how much intelligence it takes to entertain my baby. Clearly my brain is not in tip-top shape for school!
This is the first time I have truly felt old.
When I started school we were warned that memorization and learning new things as an “adult learner” will be much more difficult than when we were young. I hate to say this, but I scoffed at them. I’ve always made good grades. I was the queen of cram in college and always ended up with at least a B, if not an A. I was great at sitting down the night before an shoveling knowledge into my brain. Surely it would not be that much more difficult.
Ha! Turns out, it is much more difficult. Not only is the subject matter far more complex than the stuff I crammed in college (I was a journalism major and filled my schedule with writing classes, which for me is the academic equivalent to eating cake all day, and 300 and 400 level “liberal arts” classes like Chaucer, the history of interior design and a full class on The Beatles.
Now, though, I’m entering personal training and am facing subject matter like skeletal anatomy, biomechanics and, currently, muscular anatomy. I’m not just learning how to label a diagram of muscles, either. I’m learning which muscles work together to horizontally adduct the shoulder joint. The amount of stuff to cram into my brain is daunting, and my brains ability to hold it all in for more than 30 minutes is shockingly different than when I was 18.
Thanks to being a full time stay at home mom, I’m already behind on my readings and studies. It is hard to find time to study when you are entertaining a baby. I try to study during naps, but a one hour interval hardly provides the time to scratch the surface. I’ve been waking up at 4:30 a.m. the past four mornings to study before Sabine wakes for the day and that still is not enough, not to mention I am exhausted! All this fussing to say that going back to school with a baby and no full time childcare, or a cleaning service, or a personal cook, is HARD work! My hat is off to Mamas who have completed advanced degrees when you were over 30 and taking care of new babies. I don’t know how you did it!
Any tips for the “adult learner” (lordy I hate that phrase. It really makes me feel old!!!) when it comes to memorizing anatomy stuff? My test is Saturday. Next week should be a little more relaxed and hopefully I can share a post on some of our small space organizing. Until them, cheer me on, send me smarts and help me pray that all this stuff will eventually STICK in my brain!