Whew! And spring semester is off to a running start, as always. . .
One of the most difficult things about this time is figuring out that new schedule, which is a much more challenging task than it seems like at first. Especially as a college student, life is so much more than classes, and it’s often such a challenge to fit everything in that you want to do. Where do you draw the line between academics and diversion? Or extracurricular commitments and free time? Or time with friends and time with God? Or even basic living necessities like fitting in time to do laundry (says the girl who just ran away to check the load in the dryer)?
It’s certainly a lot to balance, let me tell you.
Something that I have definitely learned over the first two years of my time here is the value of being able to say NO – such a basic skill that all of us overachievers have a hard time with sometimes. For such a small college, Erskine sure has a lot going on! For example, this weekend, just the first of the new semester, there were already so many things going on that I had to forgo the big Super Bowl parties to finish my homework this evening. However, I got to see a musical at a local college on Friday night, went dancing Saturday night, attended a new church this morning, and even squeezed in an hour of ballroom dancing club this afternoon! I think that makes a pretty good weekend, and my small sacrifice of not watching the big game was worth it.
In addition to just balance of school-type activities, one thing I am determined to do this semester is to make sure that I leave time for the important people in my life. As I think I mentioned earlier, one thing that really left an impression on me in Spain was how much importance they place on family and friends there, and now that I’m back I intend to maintain and grow my relationships, as well as form some new ones.
And of course, there is the most important person in my life – my Lord. Bringing back a stronger relationship with Him is something that I must make my priority, because I know that He has to be the center of everything I do. This is something that I, like most college students, really struggle with; it’s so easy to get caught up in everything going on that you just kind of push Him down the list. I realize that the more I do this, though, the more difficult everything else in life becomes (go figure, right?), so instead of putting things like church and a little prayer on my list of time commitments, I am going to try this thing where I keep Him with me as I do everything. It’s just a crazy idea that I had, that I have heard many times, and I somehow think it just might work. Let’s hope that I can keep this going!
So bring it on, spring semester – bring it on, because I’m bringing my God with me this time.