Archive for October, 2010

29 August 2010

Sunday morning. Dust starts to settle on my desktop. Complex has been my home for more than a week. My job as a PACE leader was exhausting last weekend. I helped with Harris Hall move-in. My arms were like jello afterwards. But later on I got to meet my 19 PACE advisees. Most of them are Business majors who have an interest in Film Studies. They all seem to be adjusting well to Emory. My job is done.

As for SYE news, the back-to-school movie/pool party at the SAAC was really fun… even though only 6 people were in the pool [with 2/3 of them being my friends]. There was probably only 20-30 people actually watching the film (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!) on the pool deck. Kids these days. It actually saddens me when people my age miss out on significant movies of the past. I feel like there should be this huge respect for the past but many of my peers are interested in the “now.” Of course, I’m probably an anachronism… but I just think historical culture is so important in order to try to understand and solve today’s news and issues… but just also being an interesting person. I don’t know. I blame my love of VH1′s “I Love the…” series (all of which I have seen multiple times).

My classes are boss, though. My French New Wave class has a boatload of reading, but I enjoy it so it’s okay. Same for Film History. My two Psychology classes are super hard. Not sure how that happened. My Martial Arts class is so fun.

I really hope this year will be rad.

Hell Week

Well, last week was definitely my first hell week of this year. It felt like there wasn’t enough time in the week to study for financial accounting and psychology, write an IDS paper, do stats homework, hold office hours, and go to Hillel and RHA meetings. Needless to say, though, I made it. Alive.

Most of us have had a week like that, and if you have not, you probably will. It literally feels like you are helpless, and it’s miserable. The thing is though, you aren’t helpless. This is what helped me out. I was procrastinating with my work and not really being efficient, and that is why I was so stressed out. Once I organized my stuff and planned my schedule, I felt relieved.

We have to find a balance so that we can cope with stressful situations like these but not be so free and uninvolved that you lose your edge. I don’t pull all-nighters in the library, but I get my work done and see my friends regardless. This is healthy. We are on our own here, without our parents guiding us every step of the way. It’s a scary thought, but if I can do it, then you probably can too. Take this as a bit of inspiration. Be smart, get your work done, and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Jon