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January 24, 2014

#unacademic indulgence?

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For me, one of the most daunting tasks about trying to be an organized student is actually trying to fit in the unacademic with the academic. I mean, sure, I’m 100% interested in all the classes I’ve been enrolled in. Sure, I do drift off during lectures and think about what to do when my hair grows at least 5 inches longer. Curl it? Straighten it? Color it? Oh no, maybe I should like make a bun, like that cute hipster bun on the center of my head? Cool right? Well, it is so easy to drift off when trying to set yourself in an organized “path.” Before I even try to question the existence of such an organized path, I want to go back to my GAP YEAR.

So when I was in high school, everything was pretty vague. My interests were pretty vague but they weren’t all over the place either. I started off wanting to take all the harder AP classes. Ended up doing 5. Then ended up quitting math till Pre-calc. Then hated economics because “oh no, I don’t want to be part of the system”(cue Lonely Island song, “Threw it on the ground”). Then ended up not studying for the exams. Somehow did alright till senior year. TADAA!! Graduation. So Gap year came around and I thought maybe I should give myself some time to “explore” the world of the unacademic. Social life, reading, movies, art… anything that wouldn’t leave me lazy but lazy enough to not want to deal with a “syllabus”. So I did all that and found it extremely draining. I was completely disorganized. Mainly because I had never been organized in the first place. Then college came around. And Clark came with a certain organized way of living.

So I decided to impose organization into my college life this semester. It is pretty essential to living the “campus” life. But a week ago, I had a fever. My organized life experienced a halt of sorts. So I WHINED!!!… I get pretty self conscious in classrooms, with my toilet paper roll and running nose, trying not to make a sound when I blow my nose. But then again, I did SNEEZE!!! Anything pertaining to the academics felt burdensome, I did not want to finish my assignments, I did not want to go to class. Being sick in college is no fun. So I mustered up as much strength as I could and went to class, YOU HAVE TO!!! Honestly though, skip a day of class and it is addictive (trust me, I went to boarding school). Well, so I decided on going to the library and read through the journals. I found myself  a bit enamored by the other subjects that I wasn’t studying. I wanted to learn more about chinese art (the Goddard library!). Then I thought whether it was good to have other interests. Were these unacademic interests distracting? For example, the desire to watch korean dramas intensifies when you have a tub load of reading. You’d rather learn more about anything else rather than do another problem for that one class. What is it that allows me to be so easily distracted? Honestly though, I’ve thought about it and I’ve spoken to a few friends here. Everyone gets distracted. The key point, ask yourself, what gives you an immediate satisfactory result at this moment? Answer: college grades. If your answer is different, maybe there are priorities to think over (for those who think they are the Zuckerbergs of the world, haha). If its the same as mine, go for it. Get that A+ girl.

Apart from this rant. I was think about whether or not one can read a book during school. Unless and until you’re really determined (i.e. game of thrones newbie who wants to know everything), I suggest you stick to that syllabus. There’ll be vacations and breaks and long weekends for that. And you can indulge in daydreaming and movie breaks every once in a while. To each their own, college is confusing.

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