7:15 AM: Wake up, get showered, get ready, pack my stuff for class.
8:30 AM: Head on down to the cafeteria (a.k.a. the Geiser) for some breakfast.
9:05 AM: Computer Applications Class.
10:00 AM: Work on computer lab assignments and organize materials for Public Speaking speech outline on Dream Interpretation.
11:55 AM: Stop in at the Geiser again, grab a tuna wrap for lunch and a grilled cheese sandwich for Devin.
12:20 PM: Wellness Class.
1:15 PM: College English II.
2:30 PM: Punch in at the Office of Communications for my Work Study.
3:55 PM: Run up to “The Barn” (the campus center for theater arts) for rehearsal (reading for Book of Days), realize that I forgot to punch out, run back to Communications Office, punch out, run back to the Barn.
4:10 PM: Arrive late, but jump right in.
6:30 PM: Head on down to chorale after rehearsal with Matt and Johnn.
7:15 PM: Senate meeting.
8:00 PM: Peace Club meeting.
8:45 PM: Back at the room, eating Pizza Hut leftovers, finishing my speech outline and reading chapter 7 of Communication Mosaics.
2:30 AM: Bed. =]
Ok, when you look at this outrageous schedule, you may be shaking your head and laughing. “That’s nuts,” you might say.
Well, that’s about right. That was probably the most hectic day I have ever had here at college. Any gap I did have was spent working on my outline for my Public Speaking class. Sunday night, I winced at the thought of what I would have to do the next day. Two days later, I just smile and think to myself, “I did it. I got through it.”
“Ok,” you must be thinking, “so there must be some point to all of this. Well, what could it possibly be? That college is a frenzied, crazy hassle which leaves you no time to yourself? If I had to do that, I couldn’t even think straight!”
Trust me, I couldn’t think straight either—I have an agenda for that.
However, the real point of me telling you this is that, while college is at times a frenzied, crazy hassle, and it may seem as if you have no time for yourself, college can be the other extreme. You may have days, most likely weekends if you don’t go home, where you can sleep in (or if you don’t have morning classes), play on Facebook, read a good book, go to a CAB (Campus Activities Board) event, maybe think about writing that paper due next week … watch a movie with your buddies on the first floor, and maybe go out and grab a bite in town.
Now, in either of these two extremes, there comes a vital lesson, and that is this: College isn’t all about being busy with studies, classes, meetings, clubs, and work studies till you want to tear your hair out, and it isn’t all about partying it up and never getting anything accomplished. Instead, college is a fine balance of many things that will, over time, help you grow and develop into the professional you want to someday be.
This statement may not always seem true. Some days, as you have already seen, can be extremely unbalanced. But the beautiful thing about college? You can choose for yourself just how hectic or laid-back your schedule will be. College is what you make of it. That’s the exciting thing—you can tailor your typical day in the life to fit your own personal interests, goals, and needs. You can make it work.
Sometimes, however, this may be a bit overwhelming. There are always so many exciting things to be involved with and do (despite what some people may tell you). Do you enjoy being the “clown?” Do you want to exercise more? Do you want to share your love of art? Do you want to be involved with other people inside your major? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there’s a club for you on campus. If there are other interests of yours, there are over 30 clubs on campus, and more are added each year. Don’t see what you’re looking for? It’s very easy to start your own.
Do you want to get a job working as a lifeguard on campus? Do you want to share your love of Keuka College and be a student ambassador? Do you want to work in an office setting related to your field of interest (Campus Security, Campus Life, G.S.U., a.k.a. Gay Straight Union, International Affairs, or the Women’s Center)? Do you want to work at the library? Do you want to work at the Terrace (Keuka’s mini-mart, grill, Subway, a fly place to go on campus) and get free food from the grill? Again, you are presented with a laundry load of possibilities. (Keuka’s online job board, Storm Tracker, is excellent for making connections and finding work-study jobs. Many students on campus are employed at some sort of work-study.)
And then of course, are your classes. The best part is that your faculty adviser is an excellent resource for planning out what classes you will need to take and when you will need to take them, no matter if you just have one major, or two. And when you attend your classes? Chances are, you’ll know at least two, if not three people or more right off the bat! Yes, they are nice and small, so, no you won’t feel like just a number, and yes, you can get more individual attention from your professor.
As for my personal choice of classes, work-studies, and clubs, it all comes down to what I want to do with my future career, what I enjoy doing, and what I can do. I can’t do it all, so I have to trim off what I can’t fit. But I can do most of what I want. I can still sing in chorale, lifeguard on Tuesdays and Thursdays and work at the Communications Office on Mondays and Wednesdays. I can still be involved in Peace Club, Drama Club, and Art Club, while keeping up on my coursework. I even ended up wanting to switch my major, and luckily, I had the flexibility to do that without adding an extra semester of study (I was able to make my decision that my organizational communication major wasn’t the best fit for me my freshman year, thanks to my Field Period).
And you know what? I can find the balance. Yeah, I still have room to improve. But I can do all this, and I still have time to pop by my buddy’s room and have a nice chat. I still have time to waste time with my roommate, watching funny cat videos on Youtube. I still have time to watch a movie on a weekend, go home to see my boyfriend, do a community service project with a club, or just relax. Sleep longer, finally finish that book, make some mac and cheese, or see a campus entertainer (I did a couple of weekends ago, a hypnotist came, and I got to be hypnotized, along with about 14 other people).
To close my exciting, possibly daunting, and endless-possibility filled description of “A Day in the Life” at Keuka College, I would like to tell you that all of these possibilities can be yours. This is your time to step outside of your box, try something new, learn how to time-manage effectively, and make some of the best memories of your life. You may trip a little along the way, but you can always get right back up and think, “It’s ok. Tomorrow’s a new and brighter day, and the possibilities are endless…”
Peace and Love,