What I want to say to Gengulphus is this:
You can't put an old head on young shoulders!
You did marvellously well getting that course together over a weekend but, don't you think that, as you get older, you develop many coping strategies and can get many things done in much less time than when you were younger?
It must be one of the compensations for getting old, you just have so much knowledge, life experience, whatever you want to call it that, working to a deadline, dealing with unexpected problems and all the rest of it, come that much easier.
We have so many tricks of the trade, as it were, to bring to bear on a problem and nothing seems that big or impossible, because you know that you can work through things.
The OP, if I have read her post rightly, is a youngster: full of dreams and plans, as the young rightly should have. She has to serve her apprenticeship in life.....and you can't replace gaining that experience first hand.
On the plus side, she hasn't had to deal with failures, dreams unfulfilled, desires quenched and so her perspective is different from ours.
If you do make the attempt, Emma Louise, please come back and tell us how you are doing and what you will have had to overcome, won't you?
I love to see young people getting on in life; that's what makes them so fascinating to know!
N'allez pas trop vite - Proust