The Busy Life Of A Student

The Busy Life Of A Student

The life of a student is hectic and stressful, but it's definitely worth it.

“Why are you always so busy and stressed?,” I was asked on the phone a few days ago while fast-walking to my next class. “It’s college, you’re just supposed to be having fun.”

Yes. That’s what everyone assumes. And it is true, I have a blast at school. But you only have four years of college and you want to make the most of it. So what do you do? Get everything.

We go to school for more than just the educational purpose. We go to make memories, have fun, be independent, etc. But finding that balance is hard. Especially when you are on a huge campus with so many opportunities. We want to do everything we can.

I have what my generation calls “FOMO.” Fear of missing out. I hear people in my house laughing and talking? I want to join. You’re going to that club's meeting? I’ll go too. You’re going out with friends? I’m coming! This is the time to meet new people, new friends, new connections. So yes, the social aspect is important.

This semester is rough. Classes are tiring and I have more homework and tests than I ever have before. The classes are beginning to become more and more important as they are aimed toward my major and I want to succeed. But I also want to have fun and be involved in extra activities. So I find myself constantly on the move with a million tasks and errands and meetings running through my mind. I don’t think I have yet had a day of just relaxation.

Most of us like to stay busy, but I personally tend to try to fit too much in one day. My planner is full of the squiggles that are my life. I’m not sure I would survive or make any deadlines without it.

Parents don't realize how much we do. I attend at least three classes a day, I have homework, studying, sorority responsibilities, personal responsibilities, extracurricular responsibilities, meetings, etc. It seems also that everything we do always has meetings. You want to study abroad? You have to attend a ton of meetings, meet with people, etc. You want to be on a committee? Same responsibility. Then you add in your personal game days. Game days are ALL DAY. You may be thinking...are they necessary? I think it would not only disappoint myself, but also my family if I were to not attend the football games. They are the best days of college. It’s almost as if it’s another task on my long “To-Do List” (which is something I make every morning for myself).

So yes, if you’re wondering, college is hard and busy. It’s a full-time job. Sometimes I get stressed, or miss deadlines, but I learn my lesson. I am figuring out how to balance everything, choose what’s important, and find time for myself. It’s getting me prepared to step out into the big, real, scary world that awaits me after college. I love college because I get to decide what I do, but sometimes I want to do way too much. I overbook myself easily, but at least I am getting the full experience. I’ll admit I complain a lot about being busy, but I would rather be involved and make the most of my four years. I have already made a ton of friends, connections, memories, etc. My studying has paid off.

Although in the moment I may not be happiest about having such a long day full of activities, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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5 Times "Sex and the City" Got It Spot On

Carrie Bradshaw's advice to you all

It's that time of the semester when everything starts to get dreary.

You're sick of the winter weather, the midterms and papers, the waiting for the summer, and actually being sick. I caught the flu last week, along with my entire campus, and was bed ridden for a couple of days. I found this frustrating as I like to keep busy, but Amazon Prime Video kept me well entertained with the first 6 seasons of Sex and the City.

I may be a cliche, but I had forgotten how relatable this show was, how every shoe-shopping experience, every argument, every relationship, is one which I have seen or had before. I collected some quotations here: five times that Sex and the City was spot on about my life.

1. 'Sexy is what I try to get them to see me as after I win them over with my personality.'

I look about fifteen, and while people say that I will be grateful when I am thirty, right now it is a real bummer to be labeled "cute" and "sweet" instead of sexy. However, after spending time with someone, I can show them that I am not actually the youthful girl my face presents. Instead, I am a strong 21-year-old, with a passion for travel, law, politics, and winning the bread for any future family I may have. Ambition is sexy, drive is sexy, mystery is sexy.

2. 'He doesn't even know me, the least he could do is get to know me before he rejects me.'

College teaches you that you are not going to be liked by everyone, but Miranda states something heartbreaking in her pursuit of a man. Men and women alike will often reject a person before getting to know them - something which I have experienced first-hand. As aforementioned, personality is the key to attraction, and appearances should be an afterthought. If you don't like someone post-coffee, then fine, but nobody deserves to be rejected off-the-bat.

3. 'Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.'

Carrie Bradshaw has become somewhat of an icon, even her biggest mistakes doused with strength, creativity, glamour, and beauty. At the start of the show, at already 30 years old, she demonstrates how not being in a relationship/married is not detrimental to your character. Furthermore, in a world which is becoming so much more accepting of women in positions of power - in the office, politics etc - it is obvious that "taking your time" with your relationships gives more time for you to work on yourself and your career.

4. 'It’s tempting to wish for the perfect boss, the perfect parent, or the perfect outfit. But maybe the best any of us can do is not to quit, play the hand we’ve been dealt, and accessorize what we’ve got.'

I don't believe in quitting, especially when the excuse is circumstances. When I hear stories of men such as Aron Ralston and Bethany Hamilton, I cannot bring myself to use my personal problems as excuses to quit. Sure, it's okay to give yourself a break now and again, and to pat yourself on the back for overcoming an obstacle, but without a push to "just keep swimming", how can you ever hope to achieve greatness or to be the best you can be?

5. 'The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous.'

I leave you with a self explanatory self-love quotation. While on your search for friendship and companionship, learn to talk to yourself (maybe not in the literal sense), learn about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses, because only then will you find someone to accept you for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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10 Times College Made All Students Say 'Yep, I'm Dropping Out'

We all have those moments... some more than others.

College is hard. If you are like me, working a job, participating in extracurricular activities, and always keeping busy, it can be a lot. There have been weeks when I've had three exams, a paper to write, and a bunch of homework due all on top of working two-three days-a-week. Usually, I can handle it all, but sometimes I want to just relax in my bed with a yummy cup of tea while watching Netflix.

Whenever I get in situations like that, the only thing I know how to do is scream out to all my roommates, "I WANT TO DROP OUT OF COLLEGE!"

So, here is a list of all the times you want to drop out of college.

1. When you spend weeks studying for a test and end up failing it

Sometimes, you have to live in the library for weeks to study for a huge test, and when you get a failing grade, it really puts a damper on your thoughts about college.

2. When you forget about a huge assignment and have to do it all the night before

There are some moments when you're so busy with one or two classes, you completely forget to do an assignment for another class and have to stay up all night to finish it on time.

3. When your final is cumulative of the whole semester

Tests are hard, especially when they cover all the information you learned over the semester.

4. When you have to miss out on a trip because you have to study

All your friends are traveling to the beach or another university for a huge event, but you sadly have to stay home and study for an exam that your professor assigned you on that Monday.

5. When your professor assigns a project over a break

Everyone has that one professor who does not care about life outside of class and assigns you a project over break and wants you to suffer.

6. When all your friends are going out but you have to finish up school work

Who doesn't love knowing all their friends are having a great time out while they get to stay home and do homework.

7. When it is raining on campus

Walking in the rain to class is the absolute worst.

8. When you have class after a huge (drinking) holiday

Class after Cinco De Mayo, seriously? Professors must know what the holiday entails.

9. When you realize how broke college makes you

Groceries, alcohol, trips, events, and many more things add up, especially when you don't even have the money to pay for them.

10. When you have to take summer classes and it takes up your WHOLE summer

A class that should take a full semester but is rushed through in six weeks over the summer = a sh*t ton of work you did not think you would have.

Cover Image Credit: Catherine Antalis

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