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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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.

“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

Cover Image Credit: Jenna Collins

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Academics and Creativity Conflicts

Academics is definitely something important for students, but it seems that creativity is pushed aside too often.


As students, we are heavily focused on academics. Some of us may also be heavily focused on athletics. Anything that helps or is integrated into our academic careers has a way of controlling how we live our daily life. We go to class, we study and do homework, we attend activities/work, and then we most likely have little time to relax.

One thing that seems to lack in the academic world is creativity. Many students may say "Well, I'm not creative." Why have students subjected themselves to being uncreative individuals? How does someone define "creativity" as the verbatim definition across the world? Creativity can be used widely if we are aware of how it can be done.

  1. In the classroom, students can find creative ways to approach a debate, a different way of understanding a topic, changing the argument and allowing different perspectives and voices to be heard, and so much more.
  2. Students can find different ways of changing the issues our communities may face such as homelessness, segregated communities, etc.
  3. Organizations can be created to fill in the gaps our communities may have (including in a university).
  4. Students can remain to do creative activities such as crafts, writing, art, etc. This can be done within different organizations or in the comfort of the student's home.
  5. There are different platforms that encourage creativity like photoshop, video editing software, websites like Wattpad to create and share your own stories, and more.

We cannot let academics take over every moment of our lives. It can easily result in a point where we have no motivation to do anything at all because we are in a constant routine that can drain us. We are more than school, although it is still very important. If we shall succeed, we have to embrace the things we love to do and not forget about who we are.

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