So you want to know what it’s like to be a college student…
As I was working and watching the prospective students and their parents mill around the Library today it hit me that there are plenty of you who are wondering ‘what next?’. So what does come next? You have by now gotten into University and likely accepted your choice school. If you are anything like me you likely have nightmares and daydreams rushing through your mind – and while these posts may have helped somewhat to discern fact from fiction you’re probably wondering which myths are true and whether movies are really based on anything.
College is different for everyone. Some have enough money to their name that they need no financial aid. Some need a little help, and others can barely afford the experience. I hate to say it, but the amount of money you have does effect your college experience. In my case, I was one of the lucky 91% to receive a gracious amount of financial aid and was extremely fortuitous in receiving this job as a Clark Diarist as well as my job at Goddard Library. Of course, when you think of University you rarely think of working.
Sure, you know you will have classes. Classes require studying, homework, and plenty of other sorts of time outside of class. You will have clubs, club activities, and often so many obligations for these clubs you won’t know which way is up and which is down. You have friends and a social life. And, if you are like me and many other students on campus, you will have at least one job.
There are 168 hours in a week. Of those 168 hours I spend approximately 42hours (25%) sleeping. 12 (7%) actually sitting in class. 7 – 10 in the gym (4 – 6%). 10 – 15 (6 – 9%) working in the library and on blogs. 35hours (21%) studying, working on homework, and other outside-of-class related activities. And the last 32% is filled up with clubs, meetings, eating food, extra work at the library from time to time, more studying when needed, and whatever else is happening. But that 32% goes away quickly.
What I am trying to tell you is simple, something much better stated by one of the people that I look up to in business – Jason Womack.
“We all have 1,440 minutes in each day. This comes out to 96 periods of 15 minutes every day. With the right focus, these small segments of time are like gold.”
Succeeding in College, in life, is about time and time management. If you can do it well, you’ll be fine. Certainly life can get stressful, some weeks I’m so busy I don’t sleep, but on average my life is fairly well balanced and I urge you to enter University with this in mind. College can be fun – even if you don’t have all the time and money in the world. It just takes a bit of juggling.