With approximately four weeks left in Spring Semester, it is crunch time for students, especially graduating seniors. Many feel that they are running out of time to prepare for life beyond college, and the rest of us are doing our best to simply stay afloat.
Apart from the school work being piled on top of us right now, many of us are also involved in various extracurricular activities, which is one of the great things about Linfield. Extracurricular activities are easy to get involved in, whether you’re using them to beef up a résumé, for leadership experience or personal enjoyment.
For instance, consider the Hawaiian Club. Participants have been busting their butts to prepare for the annual Luau, working almost every night. Students in fraternities and sororities are trying to balance school work and still meet organizational requirements. Students involved in honors societies are trying to attend enough meetings and fulfill their philanthropic goals. Athletes have practice and games all week, music and theater students have rehearsals and performances, and the list goes on.
However, when does it become too much?
The Spring Semester is clearly a busy time for everyone: faculty, staff and administration included. To top it off, the bulk of the year’s events also take place during the spring; and while these events help students maintain their sanity, for others, it becomes another thing on their to-do lists.
Don’t get me wrong: I, like many others, love being involved, but sometimes it can be too much for a person. And, yeah, I know, students bring it upon themselves when they sign up to participate in or lead an event, but one can’t always plan out how everything is going to go or predict any bumps that might pop up down the road.
To help remedy some of this stress and still have it possible for students to participate in whatever their hearts desire, events should be scheduled more evenly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. I understand that the weather is always better this time of year, for the most part (although I’ve yet to see any one spectacular day so far), but a lot of the indoor events, such as sorority and fraternity event fundraisers, club performances, LAB events, etc., could fit just as easily into the Fall Semester and still be as effective. It would certainly help with the event overload that many of us are now experiencing.
But since nothing can be done now, good luck, everyone.
Have fun with whatever you are doing and remember to only take on what is manageable.
Oh, and try to maintain some sanity along the way.
Jessica Prokop/News editor
Jessica Prokop can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.