Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is College Too Much? (A Life Update)

This is a long overdue post - I've had the ideas for what to say in it for quite sometime, but I haven't really been able to get a straight thought pattern about it. I haven't posted for a while, and I figured the best way would be to jump right in and hope that my thoughts align themselves in a way that makes sense as I go along.

I'm in my third year at college studying animal sciences, double majoring, and it's taken me until my third year to really realize just how much time and energy college takes up. This semester I've been taking 17 credits (18 is the maximum that you're allowed to take in a semester) while also working part time, and volunteering to help take care of rabbits that are being used as a part of a behavioral study. I have about an hour to myself during the day, and then the evenings after my classes and work are done.

I love what I'm studying, and I love being kept busy and having so much to occupy my time, but at the same time I think it would be nice to be able to get more time off/more time to myself.

Jokingly, I've started to tell people that I'll be at this school forever because I'm trying to do so much and to learn as much as I can while I'm here. I don't really want to be here forever. In fact, just thinking about having to stay for an additional year after my "senior year" is really frustrating to me. It seems as though everyone I know will be graduating and leaving me behind here, even though I know that's really not the case.

After gaining this "I'll be here forever" mentality, I started looking into additional things that I would be able to do while I'm here to help fill in the time. Things like adding Minors onto my two majors, or if it would be possible to add in a third major rather than just minoring.

Taking so many credits, and working, and helping with rabbits, plus my own relationship and pets, I've been feeling like it's all too much at the same time as feeling like I should be doing more.

I realize that that probably doesn't make very much sense... But there it is.

Everything that I've been thinking and feeling reminds me of a vlogbrothers video from not too long ago, when they had a guest content creator made a video for their channel. I keep going back to it and thinking about it, because it so perfectly sums up what I've been experiencing in a much better way than I've been able to explain it. I'll include it here at the bottom, so if you don't really understand what I'm talking about in the body of this post it'll hopefully clear everything up.

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