Running back and forth along the line
Trying hard to keep them spinning on their poles.
They’re made of finest china bone
And if I drop a plate or two
The cost will be so dear to me
As shards will skitter over floors
Too small to ever fix together,
Too costly to replace anew.
When we had our first induction day back in July, the course leader told us that we will have to keep lots of plates spinning during this year, and it will sometimes feel like they are too many going at one time. I rolled my eyes at the cliche.
But now, just two weeks into term, I’m starting to understand what she meant. I seem to have homework coming from every angle and I’m never sure which to tackle first.
And I’m the kind of person that freezes when they’re overwhelmed, so I sometimes find myself just sitting on the sofa, staring at the wall and doing nothing.
This year is definitely going to test every weakness in my brain, but I’m really learning to keep calm, do my best, and if I get told off for doing really badly in one area, at least I know where I can concentrate my energy.
I will keep those plates spinning, and actually, if I do drop one it is possible to glue it back together. It might not look as good as it did but if I use a good enough glue I may even be stronger than it originally was.