Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Little time for big opportunities

There is never enough time in a day, week, month or semester. There is never enough time to spend with your family or friends. There is never enough time to be young, to be reckless. There is never enough time to experience everything life has to offer.

Opportunities come and go, but we can take only what we can with the time we are given. College is a place that provides what seems like unlimited opportunities to a student.

At Plattsburgh State, I know students who have had the chance to travel to places to experience a completely different culture. Students can participate in research and field experiences that can benefit their education, as well as their resumes. PSUC also gives students opportunities in areas outside the classroom. Here, we have a multitude of clubs and organizations on campus any student can become a part of. There is so much more we don’t even know about. How do you choose to spend your time?

My mother always tells me if I can’t decide, I should make a pros-and-cons list. Why do you want to do it? Why should you do it? Then, consider the opposite outcomes of each. The problem lies in wanting to do it all. I have found myself struggling with the concept of wanting and needing to participate in everything at PSUC.

Having involvement in 17 credits worth of experiential learning, being a part of three different clubs and organizations, holding two paid jobs on campus and balancing a social life is no easy feat.

My days are never dull, and the hours are never short. However, I always find myself in a position saying that I want to do more. Right now, my internal debate is whether I should apply for another position.

There is never enough time.

There are so many other opportunities this campus has to offer, and four years isn’t enough time to accomplish everything you might want. Maybe for some people it’s enough, but not for me. There are other elective classes outside my major I want to take. There are other clubs I want to be a part of. There are things in the Adirondacks and the North Country I haven’t had a chance to experience yet, so much of which took a back seat to what my list told me was more important.

Instead of going on that fall Saturday hike, I attended or worked an event for class. Instead of having a movie night with my friends, I went to a meeting for my organization.

Don’t get me wrong, I love everything I am a part of, but I wish there was more time.

I wish there was more time to be spontaneous, to be adventurous, to be lazy. I wish there was even more time to spend with old friends and to build better relationships with the new ones.

There is never enough time.

They say youth is wasted on the young. Well, now-a-days my generation doesn’t even have the time to be young with all of the projects and opportunities students such as myself take on because “all of it will be good to have under your belt” when you are looking for a post-grad job.

They call me crazy for doing all of the things I do. I call myself crazy for wanting to take on other roles. If I had more time, I really would do it all, but six PSUC years aren’t in my financial plan.

There are only 24 hours in a day. If you need sleep to function, that leaves 16 to 20 hours of your day to do whatever it is you do. Don’t waste it.

Email Lisa Scivolette at lisa.scivolette@cardinalpointsonline.com.

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