This week as we get deeper into classes, I hope you are not drowning in work and other commitments. If you are like me, you like to take on your plate as much as possible. On this campus, there are so many opportunities it can be overwhelming having to decide how to spend your time.
Between classes, clubs and organizations, friends, eating, sleeping, and anything else you can think of there is always something to do at any given time. During the past week I have been trying to set myself up in a good position for the semester (i.e. trying to finish homework early) so that the rest of the semester I am not playing catch up when unexpected hurtles occur. In doing so I have not been able to enjoy my hobbies as much as I would like to. If you ever find yourself not having enough time for the things you most enjoy, try to push through this as best you can; the most stressful periods will pass and you will be able to return to some form of normalcy. This is of course assuming you are not in this state all the time, in which case taking stock of your priorities would be helpful. Do not be afraid to let go of unnecessary commitments (or just filler activities). Last semester I was working on a project with a group outside of school for Cozad. However, while the topic was somewhat interesting, I simply didn’t have the necessary time that it truly required to dedicate to it (which I had not recognized when I initially joined) and it ended up sliding to the bottom of my priority list yet still took up time until I finally decided I couldn’t keep working on it. Trying to differentiate the shiny baubles from the true treasures can be a difficult task.
Having said that, as the second week of classes draws to a close, students are beginning to find their rhythm for the semester. Schedules are being set, routines decided, and priorities defined. With a limited amount of time available to do everything one would want to do on campus, such discipline is required to do the things most important to us. However with so many unique opportunities on campus, try to find the time to explore your community beyond your normal day to day activities. You never know where it may lead.
For example, this past winter break I had the chance to go to San Marcos, Texas on the Alternative Winter break to meet and help flood victims clean debris and rebuild homes. This was my first alternative break and I am extremely glad that I was able to go even if it cut into my normal winter break. Likewise, there are many opportunities in our community both to help others and do fun and interesting things (they are not mutually exclusive either). Hopefully you will find the unique people, places, and activities this campus and community have to offer.