Don't Tell Me I Should Be Partying

Don't Tell Me I Should Be Partying

Why I put in so much time and effort to my studies
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First semester of college can either be rough or incredibly easy. I have found that I've had both rough patches and smooth patches during my first semester and I know my journey is only going to get harder. I am a pre-nursing major hoping to apply to Radford University's Nursing Program a semester early. This means I try to put in a lot more work than some of my peers. I just hate when said peers down me for trying to better myself now so I can afford to play later.

It's no secret that Radford has a reputation for being a bit of a party school and I will admit I have gone to quite a few parties since I've been here, but I'm not afraid to tell people I can't go out because I have work to do for a class. I typically like to finish things ahead of time in order to give myself time to sleep and have fun, which means weeknights are for the books and I will do assignments between classes to avoid staying up late. I spend roughly around 3-4 extra hours a day working on assignments, and at least an hour just studying material. If I want to be able to make my weekends my own then I pay the price during the week.

Some might say my methods are dramatic and that I shouldn't be as worried about my grades my first semester of college. Those people are preaching to a girl who busted her butt in high school because she knew she was going to be busting her butt in college. I hold myself to a high standard because I have programs and scholarships to uphold that require a high GPA. Don't tell me my grades don't matter because they do to me at least.

Another reason I hate when people tell me I should be partying instead of doing work is that I know in the back of my mind when I'm 21 buying my own house and getting married to the man of my dreams, I won't have to worry about getting a job or where the money is going to come from to pay off my loans and bills because I'll have it. You pay now and you play later. I can enjoy my twenties and thirties while some of my peers might have to add an extra year to their college experience or have difficulty searching for a job because they didn't fully apply themselves in school.

While I commend those that can have fun and get their work and studying done, I am not one of those people and will not pretend to be one of those people. I enjoy spending my nights being productive and making significant strides in my education as well as working to make sure my future is bright.

Cover Image Credit: Ashley Duke

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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My college life has been something of a roller coaster.

But I regret none of it. Maybe it would have been easier to stick to the track I was on initially, but I would never have been fully satisfied with it. Now I've finally found my place and, even though it may have taken a lot of shifting around, it was undoubtedly worthwhile.

I don't mean to say that everyone who is slightly dissatisfied with their major should transfer all over the country and change their major(I had to sacrifice the ability to get a minor because of the path I took, so I wouldn't recommend it to most people). I just believe that if you find yourself not liking the classes that are vital to your major or if you can't find a place at your current college, then changing your major or transferring isn't as horrible as you might imagine.

When I started college I was completely confident in what I wanted to do and what my future would look like. I thought it would be ridiculous for someone to stray from their initial path. That idea led to me deciding to transfer later than was smart.

I think everyone should know that having to change your plans for the future, sometimes in dramatic ways, isn't a bad thing. No matter how scary transferring and changing majors can seem, many people have done it before you and many will after, you aren't alone.

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