I promise to try to make next week’s a bit earlier so that people can understand the magic that is Oktoberfest a bit earlier.
Quote of the Day: (while the sidewalks were pretty much flooded this morning)
Friend: Walk in the middle of the sidewalk!
Me: I can’t! There’s a rotunda!
Friend: Just walk around! See, even the water’s going around that!
(To those of you who do not know, stepping on the blue CHI Rotundas on the sidewalk is considered extremely bad luck.)
Anyway, this week has been somewhat eventful, what with random flooding both inside my building (a malfunctioning toilet flooded Wheeler Hall) and out (this rain needs to go away!), but not quite as eventful as the weeks to come shall be. The workload is picking up and whatnot, but keeping it balanced with time with friends and some “me” time is helping quite a bit.
So I inadvertently stumbled across a topic for this blog!
I really hope this isn’t going to come across as too cheesy, but you all really do need friends in college. Learn from me!
When I was a freshman, I faced the same dilemma that many freshmen face during their freshman years: the balance of social life and schoolwork. However, I can’t be the normal one, now can I? I focused a lot on my schoolwork, which kept my grades up, but I only had 3-5 close friends. Now, I will grant that 3-5 is way better than none, but trust me, you need enough friends to balance out your workload so that the stress won’t get to you as badly and having only one close circle of friends meant that if they were busy, there goes your chance to de-stress.
Mind you, I am not advocating not focusing on school work (I’d be a horrible person if I did), but at the same time, know when to put it down and go have some fun and make new friends. It’s not always an easy lesson to learn to balance them out, but you will be a lot happier. I know I’m much happier with multiple circles of friends who I occasionally have to ration time with but I know I can almost always find someone to talk to than I was with one tiny group who may all be busy at once. I’m still a worrier and an academic, but having friends to fall back on keeps stress levels down and gives much better support networks when drama pops up. (And it does sometimes. Fact of life!)
Anyway, I say this partially because I have had a busy week and have just the same amount of work ahead of me this week, but I still choose to hang out with friends tonight. It’s all about balance sometimes.
Have a great weekend and stay dry!