Time Is Moving Fast... How Will You Spend Yours?

Time Is Moving Fast... How Will You Spend Yours?

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I remember when I was a kid it seemed time moved so slow. A school year lasted a lifetime. Everything took so long. I wanted to grow up but I seemed to be stuck in my youth. However now that I'm getting older, time is moving rapidly. I now miss the endless days of being young and not worrying about real issues. Four years of college flashed before my eyes and in the spring I will be graduating. The question, "What are you doing after you graduate?" is no longer just a conversation starter, now it's a like a warning. It can no longer be an afterthought that I'll be concerned with later. But the real question is, "How did I get here so fast?" I was just a freshman moving into my dorm at Poyda yesterday and now I am driving myself to school everyday, with a job, a foot in the present, and a foot in the future. I can't only be concerned with what I am currently doing but I also have to be prepared for what I want to do.

It was easy to shake off the thought of graduation when it was a while away but now it's around the corner. As much as I want to push it off and not think about it, that's not going to stop time from moving forward. No matter what, time is going to move forward. So instead of dreading it and worrying myself into a panic, I started being proactive. It's still slightly scary to think of life beyond Rider, but it's also exciting. I've been waiting for a new chapter in my life to begin and now I can actually see it happening. I'm taking the swift transitions in life and using them to my advantage. I'm not going to be afraid of what's around the corner, instead I'm going to face it head first, as ready as I can be and take control of the time I have.

Now I ask you reader, what will you do with your time? The situation you're in now is only for now. Who knows where you'll be a year from now. Seize each day and don't be afraid to try new things. Before you know it, 2018 will be here. Before you know it you will have graduated from college. Before you know it, you'll have a career, maybe a family, a house of your own. Time goes by so quickly, but instead of dwelling on how fast it's moving and feeling like you're running out of time, you should make the most of the time you have. Don't spend your time wishing that you had something, spend your time trying to get it. A lifetime seems like a long time when you're young but as you get older you realize just how short it is. But don't let that get you down, use that as inspiration to make sure that your time on Earth is spent as productively and wisely as possible. Or better yet use it as a challenge, to see how much you can get done in a limited amount of time. You might just surprise yourself.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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The 13 Stages Of Writing Your Senior Thesis, As Told By 'Drake And Josh'

Well, I never thought it would be so simple… it wasn't


This semester, I decided to write my thesis. With it being my senior year and being a requirement for my major, I had to do it sometime. It was without a doubt the longest paper I've ever written as well as one of the most challenging things I've done for a class. I spent so many hours researching ideas, reading scholarly articles, and writing, editing, and writing again. Needless to say, I'm glad it's done. For those who haven't yet – or never have to – write a thesis, here's what that process was like, as told by our favorite boobs: Drake and Josh.

1. Finding out that you’d have to write a thesis was devastating


Since I'm a transfer student, I was unaware that this was even a thing. But I learned soon enough after I heard my professors talking about it.

2. Trying to come up with an original idea is super difficult


The idea behind the thesis is that you're writing about something new, unlike a regular research paper where you can write about something that's been written about before. Trying to find a unique topic is half the battle.

3. Reading long analytical articles that use way too many words that you don’t know


I adopted a policy when reading through my sources that if I read a sentence three times and *still* had no idea what it meant, I'd just skip it and read on.

4. Trying to convince yourself that the process won’t be *that* bad

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5. When the other thesis students are talking about their papers and they’ve made more progress than you

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Them: "I wrote my introduction plus three pages last night!"

You, thinking: "I literally haven't started yet. Am I behind?!"

6. When you don’t want to work on it, it’s all too easy to find another activity to distract you


7. My friends when I’d complain about my thesis


Shout out to my friends for accepting the excuse "I need to work on my thesis tonight." You're the real MVPs here.

8. You write away for half an hour and only end up with a couple pages of material


9. When you’re done with a paragraph and try to convince yourself that it sounds smart, or even the cooliest if you will


Throw in some of those big words you don't understand from the source material and you're set!

10. After so many pages, it sounds like you’re saying the same things over and over


11. As the deadline gets closer and closer, the stress only goes up


12. Putting off editing until tomorrow probably won’t help


13. When you finally submit your thesis and you’re so happy to be done


Only now can I finally enjoy Christmas.

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