Posted on March 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm
This is probably not the most representative week of the life of a college student, because for me, it was a crazy week. Every Sunday, I take a look at what things are in store for the upcoming week so that I can see where I should spend the majority of my time. On this particular week’s agenda was the usual amount of class time, quizzes, and homework. However, if what we call school were only comprised of these things, everyone’s life would be much simpler and more focused.
See, it is usually the extracurricular activities and responsibilities on top of school that makes everything much more difficult. This time around, I had five major items of importance to attend to: a weekly prayer meeting, an important test, dorm worship, playing music for vespers on Friday night, and running the sound system for church on Saturday morning. Even with the extra time that these things take, if it had not been for one last minor detail, this week still would have been a breeze.
The one important factor I left out was the Student Association elections. Yes, it is that time of year when the entire student body selects the people that they want in leadership positions for the next school year. This year, I ran for the position of the Religious Vice President for the 2013-2014 academic year. This offered new challenges, including writing an article for the Campus Chronicle newspaper, putting up posters, attending a town hall meeting, and doing my overall best to make sure people would vote for me on Friday.
These things, on top of my regularly scheduled items, plus normal schoolwork, all thrown together into a jumbled seven-day schedule are what made this week crazy. However, through this week, and many other somewhat similar experiences, I have come to realize something: Being a student is stressful enough, especially when you are trying to maintain good grades.
However, as much stress as those extracurricular activities add, I believe they are completely worth it in every way, and here is why: We all need activities to participate in so that we can grow as individuals. Whether it is a hobby like sports and music, or working a job at the desk or the cafeteria, these are the types of things that can keep us in check with reality, that can teach us discipline, that can help us learn responsibility, that can show us how to work with each other, and that can help us to grow closer to God.
As the newly elected Religious Vice President for next year, my words of advice to my fellow college students are: Stay involved during your time here at PUC because “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
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