Recently I went back to college. As I am older, I opted for the cheapest route. I went to community college to get through a few of my pre-reqs and then switched to a very large public school. I went to this same public college when I was younger and couldn’t handle the stress, but I have had so much success since then that I really didn’t think it was an issue. I’ve learned to cope with stress. I have a great support system. I had a 4.0 in community college and fully intended to carry that on.
I noticed immediately that my brain does NOT like this school. It is overwhelming, bright, noisy, obnoxious. Classes are enormous. I’ve never had a problem with content. I love to learn! But I just shut down. I couldn’t get through my classes. Couldn’t make myself focus. I’m in the process of transferring to private college in attempt to alleviate some of these issues.
I started realizing how important environment is for me. I need small environments when I can get to know people and relieve stress through conversation and shared experiences. My question to you is what impact does the physical environment have on you? What calms you? What stresses you? Are there places you avoid or gravitate toward? Have there been jobs you couldn’t handle or jobs that you thrived in? What were the deciding factors?