It’s that time again folks, the beginning of the school year where we promise ourselves change. We say that this will be the semester where we say goodbye to our unhealthy friend procrastination and hello to our long distant cousin “on time.” There will be no more late night cramming until three am in the morning on the last seven chapters of Spanish 201 for the test that is tomorrow morning, “no mas!” We will turn things in on time and avoid Facebook, it will be the one book that we try to keep closed.
Alarm clocks will be shown a little more tender loving care rather than their usual beatings across the floor in our attempts to silence it. Professors will know us on a first name basis not because of our small student to teacher ratio but because we will make it a goal to visit them during their office hours on a weekly basis so that they don’t forget our faces!
This is also the year of shedding those stubborn twenty pounds rather than gaining another fifteen. We will put down the cookies in the Dining Commons and walk pass the pastries in Peetes Coffee. We will have perfect attendance at the gym, and the results of our dream body will be the end of the year exam.
So how do we make this the year different from those failed in the past? Like a light switch are we just supposed to turn on and make things happen before we suddenly feel turned off? Will a sign be given to us like a dove flying over the campus symbolizing that this is our time to soar? Or maybe it just simply starts with us.
Every rational and irrational decision we have ever made was based solely on our own judgment, and when it comes to school we tend to make more irrational ones. Like when we choose to text during class rather than actually pay attention, when we decide to start our partying Thursday night and put off our homework until that hung-over Sunday. When we hit the Snooze button and choose to skip class that day because we know we have a friend in that class who will let us borrow there notes.
However the difference between you and that friend is that they got up for class that morning and the ones after, they took notes while they watched you send your LOLs, and they were the ones who received the A+ at the end of the school year. You on the other hand will be begging the Professor to give you the bare minimum of a C+ so that you can pass the class.
So the next time you decide you want to miss class, sleep in a little longer, and party a little harder, think about your decision and how it will affect you in the long run. Good luck Otters and cheers to the 2011 school year!