“Wow! College must be so cool. You have to go to class for 12 hours in a week. That’s so much free time.”
- the inexperienced view I had before college.
This semester I only have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I thought I could greater utilize my time on the days without classes.
Lesson 8- Be careful what you wish for. . .
Here’s my Monday
8-9 Breakfast and morning stuff
9-11 Meetings with advisor and Student Events Center
(student organization that I’m really involved in)
11-1 Reading in the library for Genocide class
2-3 Meeting with advisor about Student Events Center
3-4 Buy stuff for tomorrow’s meeting and finish paperwork
meet with group for class project
4-5 Student Events Center meeting
Lesson 9- Be prepared to eat at really odd hours if you live on campus because you want to avoid traffic and go before it closes.
6-8 Homework for Suicide Terrorism and Nutrition class
(I’m taking it online)
8-9:30 Meet with group for class project
(go over presentation)
9:30-11 Shower, usual night stuff, reading & writing
(Yes, I am trying to keep my new semester resolutions)
Next day, I do it all over again except with classes in between those times.
Yes, you do gain a lot of freedom in college, especially in terms of time. However, everything comes at a price. I have learned the hard way that a little work a day goes a long way. Procrastination and last minute work takes too much of a toll on you. I’m serious. Everyone says, “Don’t procrastinate.” It’s true. It’s the worst regret to have when last minute things come up. When you have 2 papers due and an exam all on one day (which I will have 3 weeks from now), the last thing you need is more stress.
Life before college is structured and organized to help you learn how to work around a schedule. The moment you enter college, you call the shots. You decide when you sleep, when you wake, when you eat, and most importantly when you study. It’s your grades. It’s your future. It’s your time. Do you seriously want to waste it?
I leave you with this quote from Benjamin Franklin
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”