Why I Write

Why I Write

With all the stresses in the world, I found my sanctuary.

With the semester almost over (thank goodness), I’ve been reflecting on the past couple months. Being a full-time college student, planning a wedding, trying to maintain a social life, and somewhere in the mix sleeping, you could say I’m pretty busy. In the middle of the semester, I took on this writing job as well, as if I needed ANOTHER thing to do. Honestly, it’s one of the best choices I’ve ever made.

My dream someday is to teach some sort of creative writing class and write novels on the side. Writing has always been an underlying passion of mine that I’ve never really taken up until now. I’ve always wanted to write but told myself I was never good enough and that I should do something else. For some reason though, the writing bug bit me this semester and it’s pretty much all I can think about. Whether it’s a new article topic that I want to write or a novel idea, I’m constantly thinking of writing.

So, I finally gave into the urge. I don’t write nearly as much as I want to, due to my demanding schedule, but I write as often as I can. Writing gives me a sense of accomplishment that nothing else does. I feel like myself when I write. I’m able to express myself in a way that I never thought was possible. There is nothing better than being inspired and writing about it. One night I was trying to figure out what to write about, since deadline day was soon approaching, and BAM—an idea popped into my head. I quickly pulled up a blank Word document and the next thing I knew, I filled up a page!! I was so excited and wanted to tell someone that I wrote something, but it was 3 a.m. so I had a mini dance party by myself.

Unfortunately, there’s this thing called “Writer’s Block." I will stare at a Word document for HOURS and I will think of nothing to write about. It’s the worst feeling in the world! I’ve learned to set the piece (or the lack thereof) aside and clear my head. An idea will eventually come and the magic of writing takes over again.

Yes, I’m very busy and stressed most of the time, but I write to relieve that stress. I write to fulfill my dream. I write to become better. And most importantly, I write because I love it. The moral of the story is to do what you love. If it’s math, do it! If teaching is your dream, do it! No matter what people tell you, you should do what you love. There is nothing more fulfilling than that.

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To The People Convinced Only ‘Lazy’ Students Don’t Have College Jobs, Uh, No

Just being in college and trying to maintain a high enough GPA is proof enough.

Summer is getting closer, which means that many students are looking for part-time jobs. Almost every student in high school and college is familiar with the notion of working part-time while going to school. There are a lot of students who have a job while in school for several different reasons.

However, not every student in college and high school has a job or is looking for one. There are a lot of students who don’t need a job or want a job for that matter. Yet, many people who have had experience with getting a job can’t seem to comprehend why other students don’t work. They call students who don’t work words like “lazy” or “spoiled." If you’re a student who hasn’t had a job before, you know exactly how annoying this can be.

However, no matter what other people say, there is nothing wrong with focusing on your education instead of getting a job while in college just as there's nothing wrong with working while in school either.

People that call students who don’t have a job “lazy” obviously don’t realize how hard college can be, especially if you’re taking a lot of hard courses. College is already stressful, and having to balance school and a job can add an unnecessary amount of stress. It can also be very time consuming and can limit the number of classes you take or the time availble for studying. Many students’ grades start to slip once they get a job. They often have too many work hours to fully accommodate their course load or vice versa.

I’m not saying that you can’t have a job while in college. I currently have a job while I’m a student at Miami University, but this year is my first time working while in school. I've gone three years in college without having a job, and I never had one when I was in high school. The only reason I’m starting now is that I need the money to save up for buying a car so that I can commute to campus.

My point is that if you don’t have a job, you shouldn’t feel pressured by others to get one. Not everyone can handle a job and go to school at the same time. I went years without a job, and I still went through periods of stress or nervous breakdowns during college. My parents taught me that “hard work” doesn’t always come from rushing to get a job while in school. It comes from studying, working on assignments and keeping your grades up while in school in order to get a good job and a degree.

Those who call other people that don’t have a job “spoiled” are most likely the ones who will still accept money from their parents. I live with my parents in order to save money by not living in a dorm, and my parents still support me. However, contrary to what people think, my parents don’t pay for my tuition. I use my own scholarship money to pay for it.

Having your parents support you doesn’t make you spoiled because as long as you’re in school and working towards eventually being able to support yourself, then you aren’t living off your parents’ money. It shouldn’t matter how soon you decide to support yourself while in school because your end goal is the same.

So, to anyone who feels pressure from others, whether it’s family members, friends or acquaintances, you should take a minute to stop and reflect on all of the work that you’ve done in school. You don't need to work a part-time job in order to prove to others that you are a hard worker.

Just being in college and trying to maintain a high enough GPA is proof enough.

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Greek Life Is Better Than What You Might Think

It's not like the movies.

I recently became a member of Kappa Alpha Order here on campus and my time has been even more constrained. The fraternity life so far is amazing and I have nothing but love for my new brothers, but the temptation to slack on my schoolwork and quiet time is real. So far, the "frat" life is not like the movies portray it to be.

Its not a bunch of binge drinking and party drugs. I have witnessed a group of guys from all different backgrounds and lifestyles come together and form a bond over common ideals of gentility and a Christian faith. These guys go above and beyond for their brothers. From help with homework, to needing advice/guidance, to budgeting.

I know I can call any one of them and someone will be there at the drop of a hat. I was hesitant becoming apart of Greek Life because of my faith, and how I thought fraternities conducted themselves, but KA is like no other. We have bible studies and men who are leaders not only in the fraternity, but in the college and around our community that are helping mold me in to the man I want to be.

College is a time to branch out and try new things, and my message for anyone second guessing joining a fraternity or sorority is that they take the time to know the people and ideals of the greek organization. We, as a fraternity, get our ideals from Christianity and only wish to become leaders in our communities and form a lifelong brotherhood. Take a leap of faith and see where the wind blows for you!

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