Finding Time V.S Making Time

Finding Time V.S Making Time

Yes, you did have time to write that paper.

I am an individual who has found it increasingly difficult to prioritize things. Somehow, going to the gym trumps reading for that American Lit class or doing assignments weeks ahead of time trumps cleaning my room. Especially as a college student, it can often be hard to find the time for what you need to get done. I thought I'd never find a solution, a way to get everything I needed to get done within the short 24 hours of the day. That is, until, I realized that there is no such thing as finding time.

Time is already there. Time will be there whether you decide to lay in bed playing the new Resident Evil game or go to the library to study for midterms. It won't bend or alter itself regardless of your decision to go to bed early or push yourself to submit that assignment on time.You can't find time, but you can make it.

It seems that every time I tell myself that I'm going to "find the time to do something", I never end up doing it. That is why I've discovered that rather than finding time to do something, you need to MAKE time. You need to focus on the one thing that needs to get done and make time do what you want. Don't try to "fit it in" to your "busy schedule". Dive in wholeheartedly and make time bend and twist to getting it done.

You can't find time because it isn't lost, but you can make time do what you want. You sitting in front of a television binge watching Nashville with your best friend for three hours (@me) and saying "Oh, where did the time go?" isn't you losing time, you just didn't make time bend around what you really needed to do so it did as it pleased.

Pushing off an assignment or chore because you "don't have the time" is an excuse (sorry, not sorry). There is not one chance that every single moment of freedom you had that gave you a chance to do it was taken up by some imminent activity you couldn't avoid- you just didn't have a single moment that you actually wanted to do it. The most difficult lesson I could possibly give to you is that time management is about prioritizing what NEEDS to be done with what you WANT to do, which can often be hard to distinguish between. I'm guilty of watching Finding Dory (which is on Netflix now BTW) instead of writing an essay for Expository Writing. I'm guilty of failing a quiz because I was too lazy to fit reading for American Lit into my "busy" schedule. College is one of the most difficult, insane, awful, wonderful, unorganized time of anyone's life- but if you push yourself beyond your limits and distinguish between things you need to do and things you think you need, life will come much easier to you.

Cover Image Credit: University of Cape Town English Language Centre

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This one is probably the easiest. Creed Bratton. Hands down. Military all day every day. No one knows what really goes on behind closed doors, except the people there. Just like Creed's mind.

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Consistently voted one of the top party schools in the nation. #It'snotcollegeit'sCoastal.

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Bob Jones University

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Wofford College

The pearls, Greek Life, and Southern fashion are so real.

Furman University

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College of Charleston

Nard Dog is definitely in an a capella group in Charleston, taking in the city and the history while dressing like a frat star.

Medical University of South Carolina

Andy isn't alone in Charleston. Dwight is down there becoming a doctor. Yes, someone who can save lives and is able to do surgery. Although, who else would you expect to be a doctor?

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Even After Family Weekend, I Haven't Gotten Homesick And I'm Not Ashamed Of It

It's really OK.


Now that we have successfully drifted into October, I am about a month and a half into my freshman year of college.

As the leaves on the trees start to change colors and the skies start fading to grey, Family Weekend rolls around. As a preface, I used to live in Connecticut. I think it's safe to say I still #BleedBlue even after living in South Carolina for my high school career. Regardless, it's safe to say me attending the University of Connecticut is a little ways away from my parents and cats.

That being said, the last time I saw my mom and dad was move in day. Exactly six weeks without seeing my dad or giving my mom a "huggie". I have been away from home before, for example I went to Ireland and Scotland this summer for a week with a teacher from school and a few other kids that went to my high school.

I don't miss high school and I enjoy living in a dorm with my amazing roommate and hanging out with people pretty much everyday and just doing my own thing, but it's weird not coming home and seeing my parents every night.

I mean look at those twoElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo

See, I can't describe this as home sickness, because I talk to my mom on a pretty consistent basis, she sends me pictures of my cats, and I just haven't had that cloud of sadness over my head because I miss home. Not to say I haven't been sad in college, stuff happens, but it hasn't been like what sooo many other people talk about it to be.

my four cats on my parent's bedElizabeth Dunn // Personal Photo

Even now, a few days after seeing my parents, I miss the people not the place. I'm not going to guilt trip myself over this either. I think it's healthier! It was super nice to hang out with my parents again. I got fed well and spent a night off campus for the first time since I got here. Another positive was not having to jump out of my bed the next morning or wear shower shoes while showering

I'm hoping while writing this, that the stereotypical home sickness doesn't catch up to me in the near future (preferably not at all).

Even just six weeks in, I feel like I have grown as a person and changed. I will say it was amazing to see my parents, but I'm glad I'm away from home being able to blossom into an educated young woman.

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