Time is an very interesting concept. When you actually think about it, time really is the only thing that we are always spending, and we all have a limited amount of it.
From the moment we’re born, we have a set amount of time in front of us. Obviously, we don’t know how much we have, but from the moment our lives begin we start to use up that time.
This may sound bleak, but that’s not my intention. The point that I’m getting at is we have a finite amount of time ahead of us, and we get the choice on how we’re going to spend it.
As we make decisions, and decide how we spend our time, that’s what molds us into the person we become.I’ve learned that college is simply a big set of choices. We all have at least one responsibility — to get our education — and some of us have others on top of that, like work, sports, relationships, organizations, or whatever it might be.
For most college students, if we take care of our responsibilities, get done what we need to, our time is our own. At this critical point in our life, many of us are making all the decisions for the first time. Most of us are away from Mom and Dad and this is the first real adulthood experience. If you take care of business, you can literally do whatever you want.
Somebody once told me that during these four years, this is when you become the person you’re going to be for the rest of your life. Why would that be decided during these four years, you ask? It’s simple.
Time. As we make decisions, and decide how we spend our time, that’s what molds us into the person we become.
Think of all of the cliché sayings you’ve heard over the years, like “you are what you eat” or “pick your friends wisely because you are who you hang out with.” These and many others describe exactly what I’m talking about. How you spend your time will 100 percent affect the person you become. So, yeah, your Mom was on to something.
If you’re anything like me, you have to balance multiple responsibilities, and that requires what’s called “time management.” You do this, whether you realize you do or not.
Did you decide what to wear today? What and when you’re going to eat, what time to leave for class, etc.? We make choices constantly, and the difference between a successful college student and one who is not is time management and prioritizing.
Obviously, you have to make time for class, homework, sleep, eating, work, and all the important stuff we don’t always want to do. But one other detail that is extremely important is to have fun.
Make time for yourself to do what you want to do, to relieve stress and recharge your batteries. Because as important as it is to take care of business during these four years (or more), it’s just as important to have fun. There won’t be another time in your life quite like this one. So enjoy it.