So the end of the year is coming quickly! And thinking back, I can see that there is a lot I could say about what has happened to me this year. There’s been some hard times and some good times. There’s been ups and there’s been downs. College has been an awesome experience, and I have learned so much about myself. For example, I have learned that I am not very good at managing my time where there is enough space for homework :\. I usually just plan right over homework time. I also learned that I am very good a taking tests and writing papers last minute :P. I once had a 5-6 page paper due on a Friday at noon, and I did it Friday at 9 and got a 95%! (I do not recommend doing this because not always does it end up very well, I recommend managing your time more wisely than that). I also learned that I am not very good at managing my sleep schedule. A good friend of mine always says the acronym O.L.U.E. (Out Late Up Early) because that’s what happens here. Your up until 2 or 3 in the morning, and you have class at 8! (yeah I don’t know why I do this but I do, and every morning I regret it).
Overall I am not very good at managing my time, and I have really been getting better at this. Learning my weaknesses and strengths has been a huge part of my college experience here at MNU. I’m bad at planning and good at winging it! Now those may work well together but that is definitely not the way to deal with things. It almost always leads to being stressed out..no scratch that, it DOES always lead to being stressed out. And gosh does that suck :(. College is stressful enough as it is. A sense of responsibility really kicks in, and sometimes that responsibility doesn’t sit well in our stomachs
Responsibility…the word that brings more stress on college students than anything else. College students are asked to be responsible to make it to class, to get homework done on time, to take care of themselves, and in some cases, I am an example, we have to pay for college are own. Sounds fun huh? You guys and gals who are just getting ready to go to college are really looking forward to that aren’t you? WOOOOO for getting all of your assets in order and getting the job done! And speaking of getting the job done, some of us have to get jobs to support ourselves too. So not only do we have to get homework done, but we also have to maintain a steady source of income.
I got a job because I am responsible for paying for college myself. That let to another stressful decision I had to make: staying in Olathe over summer instead of going back home to Nebraska so I can make enough money to save up for school. That really kinda sucks…a lot. I will miss my family a lot, specifically my little sisters. But it’s worth it. If I want to go to this school, pursue God’s call to ministry, and really fulfill what I know I NEED to do, then sometimes the tough decisions need to be made. And I am willing to do that. Yes I love my family, and yes I will miss them, but they’re not going anywhere. Just because I’m not with them doesn’t mean they are out of my life.
So if there’s ANOTHER thing I’ve learned this year, it would be that life has it’s pros and cons, and sometimes the cons can be overwhelming, but if we do what God asks us to then the pros will always be worth the cons. JUST like my “time management” problem. It may suck and take some extra work to plan ahead, but the pros will definitely outweigh the cons. So for you guys coming in to college, whether its here at MNU or somewhere else, just don’t be afraid to make the tough decisions if you know it will be worth it. It may take a little bit of sacrifice, but that’s ok. Christ did say that would happen.
Just another lesson I have learned here at MNU that I decided to share with all of you guys!