As I come closer to the end of my first year of college, meaning 6 weeks left but who’s counting, I’ve become increasingly frustrated with where I’m at and where I’m not going. I have all these goals that I want to accomplish but, they’re not happening. What do I mean by that? I mean I study, yet I don’t do well on the exam, I work out, but I’m stuck in a rut. So many people have told me, many times I’ll add, “Well why don’t you just study more?” If you’ve ever been told that you know that it’s one of the most frustrating things to be told. There’s only so much studying that one can do before you have it or you just don’t. It’s so exasperating to be stuck in the same place, so what is there to do about it? I mean seriously, there’s only six weeks left of the semester how much change can really happen in the last hurrah of the year but also, what’s there to lose?
So while other kids my age are out partying it up in sunny Florida for spring break, I’ll be here in the good ol’ Michigan changing my outlook on life and figuring out how I’m going to change my habits for the final weeks of my freshman year, so that I know I put forth all of my effort possible and got what I earned, not just scraped by with. This doesn’t mean that I’ll be stuck in the library for hours on end. No to make the most of the limited time that I have I need to do effective studying and focus on what’s most important in my life, aka limit the distractions.
How am I going to get both my grades and health back on track? Ready for it, I’m about to drop some amazing knowledge and experience. By…time management and planning. You know that thing your mom always nagged you about though middle school and high school, at least my mom did. Honestly though it’s really incredibly helpful and if you stick to it, it works! Yes, there is work upfront and sticking to a schedule is a drag at times, but really what’s success without effort. If that’s what you want then go and play the lottery. To be completely honest with you what are the chances of you guessing your way through a physics exam or dropping 15 lbs in a day with no effort, you could try and cheat on the exam or cut off your leg but those repercussions are unfortunately long term.
As cliché as it is, there aren’t any shortcuts in life. There’s no one out there that cares about you as much as you do, and there’s no one out there that can build your life the way you want it. There are 86,400 seconds in a day, how are you spending them? Once they’re gone there’s no getting them back so would you rather use them and invest in yourself and your future, or would you rather laze around in your pajamas and binge on the newest Netflix series. It’s up to you.