Tell It Like It Is (September 15, 2015)


tell it like it is


College and the Responsibility of Being an Adult

     Throughout high school I’ve always heard the same speech from older people about how things are a lot different once you enter college. And for the most part, they were right.

     College teaches you a lot about life skills, such as how long can you sleep in before you get up, shower and still make it to class before your professor closes the door. Or how much time do you have to do the homework for class that’s due in the next hour. It also teaches you a lot about other people as well as yourself. But with college comes the stress of finals and cramming for exams, the temptation of parties and the task of balancing it all.

     One of the joys of being in college is there is an infinite amount of freedom. The freedom to go wherever you want, the freedom to do whatever you want and the freedom of not doing anything what so ever. Unfortunately, that can be your downfall if you can’t handle that kind of responsibility.

     My freshman year in college I got to enjoy the parties and the fun of traveling all over the state with my friends. There was even the experience of falling in love and of course the tragic heart break that soon followed. I often found myself over sleeping for class and in most cases just skipping class altogether. It was a lot easier to miss class when they had block parties at 2:00 in the afternoon on a Tuesday, that’s the thing that they don’t warn you of before you get to college, there’s literally a party everywhere, all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I got things done. They were just usually done whenever I got around to doing them.

     The key to being successful in college, whether you’re in a university in your hometown or a community college out of state, is making sure all of your ducks are in a row. That’s not a metaphor nor is it the go ahead to fill your dorm room with a paddling of ducks. It simply means that you have to be sure everything is in order before you can do anything else. If you know there’s a party later that night you should probably do your homework first. That way you can dance all night and still be prepared for class in the morning. Or if you have that big math final approaching it’s best to get some studying done earlier or if you’re like me at math, absolutely pathetic, you get the studying done much earlier.

     The responsibility of being an adult is not working a job and paying bills. It’s literally prioritizing what’s important and getting them done. You don’t have to have your future all figured out, in fact most college students don’t.  College is about  the experiences and learning what you like and don’t like, and who you want to surround yourself with. You’ll have plenty of time to find what it is that you want to do with your life while you find your niche. Don’t rush through the college experience and don’t sleep it all away. You could miss out on the best years of your life and you definitely want to enjoy the ride and all it has to offer.

Deja Harris is a Graduating Senior Print/Mass Communications major from Jackson, Mississippi. She will be a contributor to The Campus Chronicle for the 2016-2017 school year.