Apr 21, 2009

From the Desk

by Amanda Baker, EiC

You know that feeling when you are walking through the mall, and you smell Chick-fil-A, and you really, really want some, and you can almost taste it, but you can’t?

That’s how I feel about the end of school. It is right around the corner, but I can’t quite grasp the freedom that summer brings. However, these past few weeks of stress, homework and friend-drama have helped me realize that a balance is more beneficial than sliding to extremes.

Let me explain.

Homework is eating me alive and leaving no leftovers. I have more than 3,000 words to write for various classes, a five-minute video to produce, honors petitions to complete and design projects to concoct. I am totally and completely swamped, but unlike Shrek, I don’t like living there. (I prefer snow, but that’s beside the point.)

However, even though I have all of these projects, assignments and life-suckers assigned to me, I shouldn’t lose myself so much in my work that I forget about the friendships that I have. My roommate lamented the other night when we were driving to the dollar theater how we hadn’t hardly seen each other in the past couple days. That is sad, considering how we co-inhabit the same 12-foot by 12-foot living space (quad living is especially cozy).

On that same note, I should not completely forsake my homework in favor of carpe diem-ing with my girls from the dorm. They are a ton of fun, so it is easy to forget my truckload of homework, but there are only so many movies in the dollar

This is what I mean by a balance. Schoolwork done right is what makes the GPA go up, but well-maintained friendships are the memories that I will fall back on when telling stories to my kids (in the future).

So, even though schoolwork is threatening to drown us all in our own blood, sweat and tears, let your relationships with your friends and with the Lord carry you through to the first sun-kissed days of summer. You probably won’t remember your humanities grade in 10 years, but you will remember the friends who pulled that all-nighter with you to help you study for it.
Carpe diem.

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