I hope your week has been great! I’m so excited to be sharing with you guys today!
You know when you’re driving and first get on the highway, and it feels like you are driving as fast as a madman when you’re actually just barely going the speed limit? And then, after a while, you get used to moving at those high speeds, and it feels like you’re taking a casual stroll down the road? If you drive, you probably know what I’m talking about. But if not, you will understand this weird sensation one day. Either way, this is kind of what college feels like. When you first start the semester, you come back from (hopefully) a long, relaxing summer or winter break, and you immediately start ramping up speed, going from zero to sixty –– real quick. You start getting assigned papers and worksheets, and, before you know it, you’re taking your first few tests and midterms. Obviously, I can’t speak for everyone, but the wave of school work seemed to hit me pretty fast. However, just like you get used to cruising down the highway at seventy miles per hour, you get used to the busyness that comes with college. At first, it feels like you aren’t going fast at all, and then you look at your GPS to realize you’ve traveled twenty miles in no time. In life, you’ll be going, going, going and then you’ll look at the calendar to realize that a week has gone by, two weeks have gone by, and, before you know it, a month or two have gone by.
It’s funny though –– when you’re going, going, going and then have a slower week, it’s a lot easier to adjust to going slow and procrastinate when you have stuff you need to get done. This last week was one of those weeks for me. I had been doing so much in the weeks prior that when this last week came around, I mentally slowed my roll. It would have been fine to take it slower early in the week, but the problem was that the second half of the week was pretty busy. Let’s just say that I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. But, I got it all done and made it to the weekend where I was finally able to relax and take a trip to the beach.
Now, I don’t say all of this to freak you out, because, while it’s busy, it’s the best type of busy you can be. The busyness consists of balancing education, relationships, and other commitments or activities, all of which are good things. They really are. Busyness turns from being good and fulfilling to being bad and draining when you commit yourselves to too many different things. And if we are being honest, if you’re going to commit to too many activities, college is the place you’re going to do it. You have to be very careful and prayerful about what you join, and you have to be very diligent to prioritize your time. If you commit to too much, you will be spread too thin and won’t be fully present. The other day I had to take all of my commitments into account and prayerfully decide not to join another group because I was starting to feel a bit overwhelmed. Even if you’re diligent to not overcommit, you still need to set aside times to rest. For the most part, I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job to prioritize my time, but even then, it’s still so important to set aside time to rest.
Life is a highway. College is a highway. At certain points, you’ll be going really fast, focused on the road ahead and not really noticing what you are passing. At other points, you’ll be going a bit slower, taking in the scenery as you go. You’ll be able to go long distances before needing to refuel, but eventually you’ll need to refill no matter what. You can drive yourself until your tank is empty, or you can make the smart and healthy decision to keeping your tank relatively full at all times. Either way, as long as you are following your GPS (your God Positioning System), you’ll still get to your destination. I can confidently say that choosing to drive down the Biola University “highway” has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my entire life. This journey has already been filled with many laughs, tears, deep conversations, and fun times, and I can’t wait to see what’s down this road that I’m traveling on!
I’d love to answer any questions that you may have about the dynamics of balancing the busyness of college life, and I’d love to answer any questions you have about anything else!
Thanks for reading,