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Don’t Waste Your Time
I find it very entertaining to look back at all the energy that I have spent. I do believe that every single activity, and “the old college try” help to make every student a better version of him or herself. That disclaimer aside, I think I have made lots of effort that was never built onto further. From classes to activities and community service, there is a lot of exerted energy that I would have wished to conserve in retrospect. The irony of it all is that, I do not wish that my previous two years were filled with “smarter” decisions, but rather “my” decisions.
Even within a 5 year college plan, college life is still short. Whether the activities are social, academic, or professional, there is not a lot of room to pursue other people’s dream. Did your friend want to join an intramural volleyball team? If it is not your thing, it might be time to make a “you” decision. A “you” decision is never a waste of neither time nor effort. In fact, if a “you” decision means that you are going to pursue a minor that is disconnected from your major, for example, accounting and basket weaving, then go for it. If it is a truly “you” decision, it will not be something worth regretting in your junior year. No one said that just because you changed up your schedule meant that your life goal was to have a basket boutique. While attending an institution of higher learning is meant to provide you with base skills, experience, and the credentials to succeed in the game of life, college is a personally “you” thing.
Many of the colleges and universities are geared to sell generic formulas. Not a personally “you” formula. Although I had no idea what I wanted to do with my degree during my freshman year, it would have been nice to take the time out for myself to get to know my desires. It would have been great to know what I wanted my professional impact to be before I met some of the professors, and had some of the extracurricular opportunities. Going through the process of finding out what you want out of an education helps you form an educated plan that is tailored to YOU. What portion of tailoring a college experience has to do with not wasting your time?
Well, for one thing, taking the long way to get somewhere is never pleasant. Most importantly, it would save anyone from any reinvestment of time and money into education. How many times did people you know change majors after MANY credits? How many times did people stay undeclared just to find out that they have missed an important piece of the curriculum during that time? This is not just college academics. This is about activities, romances, etc. Prolonging an unhealthy relationship is simply keeping an old band-aid on. Doing an activity just because it looks great on a resume will not seem more worthwhile than one that you were truly interested in. Not wasting your time is the best way to take back a college experience.
Although we try to avoid it, wasting our time is something my friends, and I are good at. I think I spent the first two years of college crossing things off the generic checklist, rather than focusing on how I wanted to tailor my experience. Although I know that everything did have an impact of personal growth, activities that I genuinely wanted to do were more worthwhile. Some more food for thought is that when we have a desire to learn something, try out a job, or participate in an extracurricular activity, it is a want or a need that comes from somewhere important, you. Whether it is for a better sense of accomplishment or simply for more expression, pursuing this need or want will be worthwhile.
Wed, 2012-01-11 18:15#2
I agree with this post. My freshman year I did a lot of things that other people liked, not necessarily what I liked. Sometimes it worked out. For example, my friend and I decided to be an Orientation Instructor for the incoming freshman in our Sophomore year. She backed out, but I stayed in. I never would have had signed up, if it wasn't for her, but it took a lot of my time and energy, which I didn't have too much. It worked out in the end, but who knows what I would have found if it were on my terms. I also clung on to a terrible high school relationship my freshman and sophomore year. Like as you said, an old band-aid. While other people were having fun and exploring their interests, I was stuck with a boring boyfriend who I thought I couldn't let go. When I did I had more time for myself, better relationships and rediscovered my passion of art. If you want to have the generic college experience, do it, but make sure it's really for you and not to impress your parents, roommate or whoever else. I really wish I would have read this post my freshman year of college. I would have had more fun I think.
Wed, 2012-01-18 01:39#3
We all have wasted valuable time in college
As an undergraduate student, I have to admit there were many wasted college days that I took on myself, and it didn't matter if I have to do homework or work on a research paper. My mindset just was not into anything serious because all I wanted to do what leave my apartment and go join friends and just hang out. Since I was undecided on my area of study for a few years, it was difficult at times to stay on track, to get things accomplished for preparation of my graduation it was definitely a daunting task for a young person in their 20s. I would write a list of tasks to complete every day, but thinking back now that the list was really not attainable (unfortunately, I had huge expectations of myself). It would take days to finish up one assignment, and I tell you when you need company, your friends always around for you, when it is time to get into some fun trouble. haha! Yes, I wasted time not sleeping, not calling home when I had downtime, I would do my assignments at work, and I ended up visiting with others at lunch and wasted time not staying on track of getting my work completed. I wasted much time just wasting time. It took me a couple of years to get focused on what was important to me in college and prioritize things and stick to it. I had my instructors to hold me accountable because I had to be held by the hand for a while, they did a great job too. Wasting time is okay but for short periods of time. You can recognize that about yourself then you have won half the battle to stop wasting your time. Denia
Thu, 2012-07-05 16:57#4
Time is the most precious
Time is the most precious thing that you have as a student. Your whole life in college is about time management. If you do not know how to organize your time, you will not succeed.
Try to respect the deadlines and you will see that teachers will have great respect for you. You might get higher grades and special favors from them, would you not like that?
When you have to complete a paper, you cannot copy paste the information that you find online. The teacher will notice that the paper was not written by you and you will have a hard time explaining what you did, so you might want to spend the little time you have researching for that paper.
If you like to take long walks, you could also bring a book along and read it while you seat on a bench, you will have to learn to multi task if you want to be productive and have good grades. You are not at Hogwarts and you cannot turn back it time as many times as you want, you will have to figure out what you want to do with your free time.
I was never good at time management and I had a lot of things to lose. I have to say that now I am the best planner and I do not lose any second.
Wed, 2012-10-31 19:10#5
While I do not attend a college on a campus, I still am challenged every day to manage my time effectively and efficiently. It is such a struggle with kids, a business, and housework all at once. Then I have to make time for homework too?! I have not found the perfect recipe yet for balancing my time wisely. I cram school work in wherever I have a second, but I feel that I never have any down time. I am attending the University of Phoenix - Online and fortunately, the school has an app that I can use if I am busy doing other things, or if I'm waiting in a doctor's office. It's nice that I can use any idle time I have to work on school, I like the mobility and flexibility of that. My problem is that I have hardly any time to just sit down and relax with my family. My husband was supportive of me going back to school, but I think that support is fading away because I am constantly on the computer, reading and studying and not spending time with him. Life is crazy busy but being able to apply time-management concepts throughout your day can make things go a lot more smoothly. I still have yet to learn this, but I am certainly trying.
Thu, 2012-12-13 00:22#6
I can’t leave my time free
I can’t leave my time free without doing anything. I will always do something to fill my free time. Off course during my free time I don’t like to do anything related to my job. So, I start to create new hobby for me to do it during my free time. I have many hobbies like playing guitar, listen to music while doing some readings magazine like humor magazine or about movie. Then I started to learn browsing internet during my free time. Later on, I found opportunity to earn some money from internet, I start interested with the idea to make money online in my free time. Then I learned that we can make money through posting in paying forums, make investment in forex using forum posting bonus, joining affiliate program to sell online or put advertisement in my blog and earn money when visitors click on it and many more method to earn online. Since then, I think I never waste my free time because I will always have something to do online with all money making programs that I joined. It’s not that much but it’s worth it to learn, get social and earn at the same time online.
Sun, 2013-01-06 05:33#7
I think I majored in time wasting my first two years in college. I missed class. I changed my major what seems now like a million times. I took classes that amounted to absolutely nothing in the degree I have. I wasted money. Then I wasted more money. I think that is actually part of the college experience! Finding out who you are since you are "free" from your parents and the constraints of high school, finding out what you are good at and what you aren't, and finding out what you want to do with your life. All of these are actually quintessential parts of the college experience. It is quite a shame though that we have to throw so much money away in the process. I think they should let new high school graduates take a single course their first semester. That's it. The course should be either in time management or financial management, student's choice. This would give each student an idea of what it takes time wise and money wise to attend college. Some will drop out when they find out how easy it isn't and other's will learn to appreciate what they are given right out of the gate. Thank you for a well written post!
Fri, 2013-01-25 15:33#8
Wasting time is so easy and so appealing. Friends, classes, jobs, homework, studying, clubs, parties, volunteer work, how can it all be done in only one semester? There's an old joke that my friend told me about college: in college you can only have two out of three: sleep, social life, good grades. It's half true. It seems impossible to make time for everything, but you'd be surprised how easy it can get once you make a schedule. I make schedules all the time for every day and every week. If I alot myself times to do things, I don't loose track of time. I know it sounds really just simple, but it helps a lot. Also, if you are doing homework or studying and do not want to wast time, don't study in your room, there are too many distractions. Go to the library and sit at a desk, maybe don't even bring your laptop if theres a chance you are just going to browse the internet. Time management gets easier as it goes. It is just something that takes practice.
Mon, 2013-05-06 16:41#9
It is what you make of it.
For all the negativity on this page, college is what you make of it. If you see college as a waste of time, or a waste of money, don't go! Plan and simple. College is meant to be a rewarding experience. To introduce you to a diverse group of people, make friends, find partners and relationships with people. College is most important to help you learn and gain knowledge of a specific career.
Your freshman year of college is meant to help you with general courses and develop skills at a higher level. So that when you successfully find a job in your field, you will be able to compete and communicate with adults and professionals. They want you to be well diversed in a wide viarety of subjects so that you know something about everything... Okay, maybe not everything... But have more knowledge then the general population. Even if you don't know what you want to do, and you go in undecided, you are not wasting your time! You are still helping yourself by getting an education outside of high school. The best case for this scenario, is to go into a Community College undedicided so that you are not wasting tons of money!
This article is correct in stating that college is all about "you." You choose what you want to do. You choose your major and your minor. You can choose a minor that is totally irrelevant for your major, however, it is recommended that you do choose something that is similar to your major so you can gain more knoweldge and be more competative for your field. Hence, the main reason for college.
If you feel that you're wasting your time, either stop going... Or if you want to go, study and lock yourself in your room to do better and to prepare for your career. Don't let distractions bother you.