“Your four years at college are the best four years of your life.”
Ever heard that one before? Leading up to college, this was all I heard from middle-aged adults, older siblings and high school teachers. And in part, I agree—these are by far the best four years I’ve had so far (and much, much better than high school). However, I certainly hope that four years of stress, anxiety and constant work aren’t the best four years of my life.
I, like many Americans, consider myself a workaholic. Heck, I’m writing this post for my website on a Saturday at midnight, when I should either be out having fun or wrapped in blankets in bed. But, unlike most, I hope and expect that those workaholic tendencies die down after college. In school, students always have something due. Even when I actually am having fun, in the back of my mind I’m thinking about the test next week, or the projects due mid-semester, or the tasks I have to check off my to-do list.
Just last week, I helped plan several events for “JMC Days,” which is a week of professional development events sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Along with my usual weekly tasks of keeping up with meetings in Student Senate, editing articles in Spoon University and working at my internship at Hy-Vee, I was asked to plan two events: a “Drake Media Expo” and an “Intern/Supervisor Panel.” To keep organized, I have a planner (sometimes two, I admit) full of sticky notes, meeting times and homework due dates. Because of these extra tasks, I was paranoid I was going to miss something, so I had my planner open at all times.
Some say this may be overworking myself, but all students come upon these busy weeks at some point in their college careers. Although I don’t have the entire experience to back this up, I’m hoping that once I am in a stable position with full-time work, the work can end at 5:00 on a weekday. And maybe someday, I’ll learn that a social life is just as important as a future career.