After a lengthy hiatus, Adam Finn is back to bring you more of his invaluable life advice, as well as some SU ENTs updates.
Well, we’ve been on a hiatus for a few weeks, and I didn’t want to deprive you of my senseless ramblings, so we’re back. It’ll be a few weeks again till my follow up to this article, so use it wisely.
What have I been up to since last time? If I’m being honest, I can’t remember the last time I wrote one of these so I’ll wing it. Mainly I’ve been planning RAG Week, and Arts Ball, met up with a lot of people I haven’t seen in quite awhile, and I went skiing. I’ve had plenty of conversations amidst these experiences, and one topic seemed to pop up a few times, so I said I’d share my thoughts on the topics.
I’m almost certain I’ve spoken on the topic before, but it’s something that needs to be reiterated time and time again, as we constantly forget, and it’s one of the main aspects to getting the most out of your time in college.
College, for the most of us, is unlike any other time we will have in our life. We’re young, but not so young that we can’t drink. We’re old, but not so old that we can get away with making mistakes, and are able to get away with going out several nights a week and not be questioned too much about it. We’re not well off, but we have enough money to scrape together to buy a hot chicken roll everyday and purchase a few drinks on our night out. We have jobs, but they’re not Monday to Friday, 9-5, and we still have time to fit in hobbies. We have friends, but have enough time to make more best friends. You have energy, and enough of it to drag yourself to 9AM lectures after the odd night out. We have health, and our bodies usually are able to withstand the wear and tear of being young.
Most of all we are free. We’re in a beautiful place right now. Back in school, we had to go every day, and if we didn’t go, we’d have to get a note for missing school from our parents. In the future, we’ll have work, and if we don’t make it to work we run the risk of being fired. We have lectures, and there usually isn’t attendance taken. We can skip a lecture and we won’t get given out to, we’re independent. We make our own decisions, we have freedom.
The people who I’ve talked to who have left college, all say they miss it. They have jobs now, they can only go out on the weekend. They have to go to work, they aren’t exposed to half the people they could have made friends with in college. Some of their best friends they don’t see anymore, or they don’t see for long periods of time. They all say they wish they appreciated college more when they had it.
When you grow up, your friend circle can grow smaller, or you may not get the chance to see your friends as much because you have a job, or they have a job. You could be in a different country, they could be in a different country. In college we don’t have all those responsibilities. We’re adults, but we’re still growing up. We haven’t become real adults yet, and I think we should hold onto that. As scary as it sounds, we’re running out of time to be that person who’s that risk-taker, who goes out when they have a 9am lecture the next morning, the person who makes that wrong decision, and yet they still carry on with life. We are still young, and we have to stay that way for as long as possible. Stay immature, that doesn’t mean don’t look a bit into the future and plan for when the real world comes around, you can still take time out of your life to deal with that.
Remember, life is for living, you’re meant to have fun. We’re young so you should embrace that any opportunity that places itself before us. College is the time where you’re meant to experience things, experience people, and it’ll make you become a more well-rounded person.
For far too long I haven’t been throwing myself into things, making the effort with friends, going on that spur of the moment adventure, and to be honest, since 2016 has hit, I’ve been doing more.
And I’m happier that I am.
I’m having fun, I’m making some brilliant friends, I’m not sitting at home on my laptop as much. I’m doing immature things, and I’m having the best life of my year so far, although it’s only been a month.
In short, text your friends, see if they want to do something. Go on an adventure to some place you’ve never been. If an opportunity presents itself before you and it interests you, then take it. If you’re tired, get up, it’ll wake you up and you can have a lie in the next day. Go to that event you saw on facebook, you may make a friend, you make have an experience. Whether it’s good or bad, everything’s an experience, and the more you have the better.
Dedicated to the skiing people, group 1, Ellie, and most importantly Lily the sheep.
The one pole skier.