Yes, I'm The Girl Who's Always Early With Time Anxiety

Yes, I'm The Girl Who's Always Early With Time Anxiety

"Wow, you have such a good sense of time management!" More like, I can't be late even if I tried.
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When I was younger, my family was always around a half hour early to every single one of our sporting events because my dad grew up with parents who seemed to always be late to things. This made him very time conscious and overwhelmingly early at times. This pattern got instilled in me, which is possibly one of the best "problems" to have. But, sometimes being early is awkward, and sometimes being too time conscientious causes way too many problems.

Trying to fall asleep at night, I use the handy Bedtime app that comes on my iPhone. But as I plan out in my head what time I can afford to go to bed and how much time I need to get ready in the morning, the minutes disappear and the panic sets in. I know that I need approximately 7-9 hours asleep, 8-9 being my ideal, and I should probably get 10 hours tonight because I am sick and I don't want that to get worse. My brain rambles on and on as I lay my head on the pillow knowing that "in 25 minutes you should be dead asleep so that you get a full 8 hours and 24 minutes of sleep." My mind continues to wander down paths with no need to be traveled.

My friends make fun of me because when we went to our first women's hockey game I made us go 45 minutes early. Unbeknownst to myself, you don't really need to get there any earlier than about 15 minutes, and you still will get a very good seat. But my time consciousness made sit in the ice rink for more time than the actual players probably were on the ice.

Living on a big campus is a problem in itself. I want to be to my classes early, personally, I would enjoy about 10 minutes to set up my stuff and get everything in order. In my head, I start adding up the minutes. "30 minutes to get ready, 20 minutes to shower, 25-minute walk to class so that you don't rush, so you aren't dripping sweat. So that means if my class is at 10:10 and I need to print some slides beforehand I should probably leave at 9:20."

In all reality, it takes me about 20 minutes to walk to the printer in Carlson and it takes maybe 3 minutes to print, depending on the crowd. But, if I want to buy a bagel I can't forget I should schedule five minutes for that, even though I get there between classes so Gopher Express is dead.

While everyone tells me, "Having great time management skills is an awesome skill to have at your age!" or "Wow, you do better than most adults." But the numbers running through my head drive me crazy. I can't keep my brain quiet at night, and I have no trust in public transportation because well, what if the Light rail is running behind? What if I can't fit on that bus?

So maybe things could be worse, and maybe I need to learn that being a minute late one day will not kill me. But until I figure it all out, I will be counting the minutes. I will 15 minutes early to every event, at the least. And I will have to thank my dad for my talent of being too early to even things like parties and dances.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Baylor Vs. The World: Part 1

Baylor vs. the world: Part 1—Writer's block

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I cannot tell you how many times I have sat down to write this article.

I cannot tell you how hard it was to come up with something to write, how many ideas got a sentence before being thrown into the void. I'm currently spitting words onto a keyboard, clawing for some notion, some brilliant bubble of content to explode in my brain and come to life on the screen of this iPad. I want to write about ignorance and world change. I want to analyze, to put poetry to the page. I want to write so bad. But I'm out of practice.

So that's what I'm writing about: the day I decided to yank myself out of practice.

Writing is and always will be my first love. So, the first stop at OU was Gaylord. My first year in college was nothing but writing. A journalism major's life, especially during year one, is to wake up, write, go to class, write, eat, write, operate a camera for an upperclassman, write, sleep, repeat. Even when you're in front of the camera, you spend more time writing to prepare for the piece than you do performing. I loved it. I thrived. I was good at it, like really good. I don't want to toot my own horn or anything, but I will. I'd be a great journalist. I made friends for life. I had no reason to be unfulfilled with the path I had chosen.

But I was.

My life was objectively the best that it had ever been, but there was a hole in my heart. I was doing something I loved, not what I was made to do. They aren't always the same thing. I thought, meditated, prayed to God for guidance. I got sadder by the day, longing for a passion that I had laid to rest: performance.

While writing is my first love, acting is my true love. I was never anything special. I was one of the better actors in my high school, but I wasn't even the best in my graduating class. I just happened to not have stage fright and could project. I was a hobby actor that just played myself. So when I began to tell people I was considering auditioning for OU's School of Drama, it was not met with positivity. Everyone told me to pick a more realistic way, to stick with journalism. I'm better at it, it pays more, and it isn't nearly as competitive. Everyone said that, except for one person.

My dad is the most down-to-earth human I know. Travis Hurst does not have his head in the clouds, nor will he tolerate the foolish idea of a person being able to literally put their head in clouds. So I was floored when he of all people supported me. I remember the words vividly.

"Baylor, I went to college and worked nonstop. I went to college for a job. Don't do that. Go to college for a purpose, your purpose. Love your time there. Don't be another guy who doesn't pursue fulfillment."

I still get all choked up thinking about those words. They were incredibly wise and exactly what I needed to hear.

From there, it was over. I called and set up an audition, told my friends my plans, memorized my monologues, and had the best audition I have had to this point. I walked out sure of myself. I got the call. I made it.

Since then, I've been fulfilling my purpose: acting. I have learned more in these last couple of months at the OU School of Drama than I have in my entire life. For the first time in a long time, I feel peace.

I am so happy.

I stared at that sentence for ten seconds. It's just odd to see, I suppose. Living in your purpose changes things.

But as I've said, writing will always be my first love. I will never stop. That's why I still create podcasts and write sketches. It's why I dove headfirst into writing for Odyssey with minimal research. It's why I waited so long to finish writing this and am submitting a week late. What kind of person is late on their first submission? I just couldn't bring anything but my A-game for this first article. Apologies to the editors.

Baylor vs. The World is a working title by the way. I don't know if I like it. But in this installment of Baylor vs. Writer's Block? I took 'em to the cleaners. Baylor's back, baby.

That was cringey. I need to end this.

Alright, bye now.

-BTH

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