College Life: Is the Fast Pace Really Necessary?

One of the best things about college life is that it’s full of opportunities. College always has something to offer, whether it’s about orgs, academics, or even just free time. The latest project requirement is a chance to pull up grades. The newest play production is a new story to immerse oneself into. The next big talk at Leong Hall is a chance to hear it first from someone big.

It’s hard to even comprehend every opportunity being offered to us. All of them open genuinely different experiences from the other, and the ones that don’t happen yearly may even be those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. With these thoughts in mind, we can’t help but step up to be part of them. I can understand that, as we wouldn’t want to miss out on anything meaningful. Some of us may think, “I want to try them all.”

However, knowing what it’s like, would you still choose to live it? Let’s take a look at some opportunities.


1. It’s RecWeek and you decide to check out all the stalls there. A lot of them spark your interest, but you manage to narrow down your choices to six orgs. You can decide how many orgs you wish to take from there, but you feel that more than three would begin to grow more difficult to handle.
A: You decide to join more than three orgs. This opens up more opportunities to be part of many things that interest you.

B: You narrow down your orgs to less than three. You’ll miss out on being part of some of the orgs and their major events.

 

2. One of your orgs is having a major event and you want to be part of it. It’s also a great way to rack up retention points. It’ll be requiring you to open up more time for meetings and designated work. However, you realize you also have other major commitments to the other orgs you already have, and as it is, they’ve been taking a lot of time from you to work on academics.

A: You become part of the major event. You’ll be spending a lot of time for it and will have to make time for the org requirements too.

B: You don’t take part in the major event. You’ll miss out on the event and the retention points, but you’ll be able to prioritize your other org requirements and still have a lighter schedule.

 

3. A major academic project is due after the weekend. The project isn’t meeting up to expectations. You know how to correct it and you’d rather fix it yourself than split the work with your group mates. However, your best friends invite you to spend a day with them over the weekend.

A: You turn down your friends, assuring them you’d go another time. You bring the workload upon yourself, spending the weekend correcting it.

B: You inform your group mates, and split the workload, leaving you time to spend a day with your friends.

 

4. You have a major paper due the next day and you’ll need to spend considerable time for it. Before you go home, however, you receive a text from your S.O. asking you out. It’s a great opportunity to bond with someone you care about.

A: You accept the date and spend some quality time with the person you find dear. You’ll probably have to spend the night writing your paper.

B: Sadly, you turn your S.O. down for now but assure that you’ll make up for it afterwards.

 

5. You have two upcoming org events coming this Saturday, one being a play in the morning, the other being a concert the whole afternoon. You want to attend both of them, but you also consider your work for Monday.

A: You join both events, having a wonderful time on Saturday. Sunday is crunch time for your workload.

B: You join one of the events, clearing up more time for you to work on Saturday.


Results:

If you picked mostly A’s:

You most likely prefer the fast life. This means you’ll spend less time in everything you partake in. There might not be enough time to relax and slow down as you move on to the next task.
The fast life is definitely demanding, but if you can keep up, you’ll be able to experience pretty much everything you want.

If you picked mostly B’s:

While there will be missed opportunities, you’ll appreciate more the ones you’ve chosen when you’ve given more time to it.


Written by Pio Tendero

Illustration by Pau Era

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