Friday marked the beginning of October and with it comes a change of seasons. Though fall officially begins about September 22, October marks the beginning of the actual physical signs that the new season has sprung. The temperature drops a little with each passing night. The sun sets a little earlier. The trees begin changing colors and the grasses and flowers start to shrivel up. With the beginning of October for the college world, also comes the beginning of midterms….Yes, unfortunately ’tis that time of year once again.
When I heard someone say last week that we were already done with one-third of the smester, I didn’t realize that in actuality that meant it was time for another round of tests, papers and projects to be due. This week alone, I have a test, two huge papers and a project to do. Thinking about the big picture could give any poor student a minor panic attack. I always give my friends advice when they are stressing, to not look at the big picture but rather to focus on today, just today. Tomorrow and the day after can worry about themselves.
My mentatlity is if I get done as much as I possibly can today, then tomorrow will take care of itself. Already this morning, I have finished my short story for Fiction Writing, done my week’s worth of reading for Screen Studies and I am writing my blog for Electronic Communication, as I type. I have a lot to get done for today, including edit a few short stories for Fiction Writing, work on my paper for Screen Studies, write out my script for my podcast for Electronic Communication and study for Natural History. Though I am sure some of that work will fall into the days ahead, I am going to do my very best to get done as much as I can today as I possibly can.
I can not put into words how excited I am for first semester to be over. After that I will only have three semesters separating me from my college degree. Unlike many of my college friends, I am ecstatic to go out into the “real world” as they call it. I understand it requires bills, making a a living, maintaining a well paying job and all that stuff, but I look forward to the day when I am living on my own in a big city, writing for a magazine. I cannot wait but, as the point of this blog entry says, I know to take it one day at a time. Well in this case, I know it is important to take it one semester at a time.
So I though I am eager to get this week over and finish all my tests, papers and projects, and even more eager to finish my fianl four semesters of college, I know it is important to pace myself. If I rush things, then I will never really appreciate where I am at right now in this moment. I guess I should learn to take it in because I know I won’t be in this season of my life again. College only comes once so I should definitely enjoy it while I am here. As for this semester and this week of midterms, the same rule of thumb applies. I am going to take it one day at a time and get as much work done as I can today and not worry about tomorrow. Well, I better get off of here, I’ve got work to get done today!