What is the one thing that college students from all over the country wish for during the semester (besides getting hit by a bus to get that tuition money)? A break. All I hear every day is, "I can't wait for the next break," or "I want it to be summer already," or "What I would give to just sleep for a whole day." I am confident that I have said these exact statements, and many similar statements, at least a thousand times throughout the year.
What most people don't wish for, however, is to get back to school "to have something to do." Call me crazy, but sometimes I look forward to going back to school so that I have a routine schedule and a new set of goals to accomplish. I consider myself a relatively structured person, so I think that the idea of having a set schedule helps me get more work done and makes me feel more productive with my time.
Don't get me wrong, I love sleeping just as much as the next person, but when that becomes the only thing I do all day, EVERY DAY, it gets a little boring.
There is nothing like that feeling of satisfaction when you check something off your to-do list or cross off an assignment you completed on your planner. Having more things on my plate tends to keep me more organized and forces me to tap into my time management skills, which, believe it or not, is kind of fun for me. I am not saying that I love getting assigned 30+ page papers due at the end of the week, but having multiple things to do keeps me more alert and I feel that I am actually doing something and accomplishing my goals (no matter how small they are).
It only took a year and a half, but I feel that I am finally getting the hang of "college life" and learning how to balance my life in terms of my studies, work responsibilities, and extracurricular activities. In the past, I would do anything to have the least amount of responsibilities possible and to keep my workload light, but for some reason, this year I am eager to get involved in any way that I can whether that is in the form of volunteering, internships, research, etc. I was afraid to fail and not meet certain expectations that people have of me, but I now feel inspired to try new things and apply for everything that even slightly peaks my interest.
I would say that 2020 is off to a pretty good start.