People make a lot of promises for themselves at the start of every school year. Better grades, better body, better social life, etc. It's a great thought, entering the school year with such high expectations of yourself, isn't it? Well, maybe not, since by the time midterms roll around many of the goals I set up for myself are completely out the window. I usually come to this realization during the middle of an all nighter while I am taking a routine 3am macaroni and cheese break. I then cry about it before finishing my research paper/study session.
Anyway, the point is, college is pretty much the same every year. Setting goals is great but it's okay that the whole 'being human' thing might get in the way of those unrealistic ones. With that being said, here is a list of things I would like to achieve this school year followed by the reasons why I probably wont.
1. No Procrastinating
Listen, this is never going to stop happening. Between a full course load, a job, an internship, and a social life, there's just going to be some homework that doesn't get done until the wee hours of the morning, only hours before it's due date.
I am no longer bothered by this, the routine comes naturally and it's the only time I get to see the sun rise.
2. Go To The Gym
During the infamous 'chillabus' week of the semester, finding time to go to the gym seems incredibly easy.
"Wow, there's so much time in the day! I have no assignments, no tests, and no responsibility. I have time to go to the gym," I think to myself at the start of every term, blissfully unaware of the course load that is about to hit me harder than a Sunday morning hangover.
I'm not going to go to the fucking gym.
3. Stop Eating Like Shit
And so begins my second year of living in an apartment with no dining hall access. Cooking for myself is nothing new, but cooking for myself on a college budget is still a little rough. Often times, I feel like Bear Grylls as I scrounge for something edible in my barren cabinets. There are just a couple of differences between me and 'Man Vs. Wild' star Grylls, however. One being that I would never drink my own piss in the jungle to survive, and the second being that I do not make millions of dollars after my scrounging is complete.
Pasta, peanut butter, and white bread is cheap, and refined carbs are what I can afford. Unless I hit that lotto, (in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, please let me hit that lotto), I'll be sticking to what I know.
4. Be More Adventurous
Honey, don't kid yourself. Who has the time? Between your busy schedule and tight budget, it's gonna be hard for you to drive to Starved Rock for a good ole' fashioned hike, no matter how cute of an insta picture it would make. Plan your 'spontaneous adventures' weeks in advance if they even want to stand a chance at fitting in to your hectic college lifestyle.
Let's get some things straight before we wrap up. I consider myself to be a positive, goal oriented, and hard working woman. When I set my mind to something, I get it done to the best of my ability and I don't take no for an answer. However, I feel that college students put too much pressure on themselves to be perfect. This is a little list of things I'm gonna let slide this time around.
*If I'm going to be myself on this blog, there's going to have to be a little cursing. To any professionals checking out my social media before hiring me, I can assure you my dirty mouth will not be present during the work day unless it is the norm in whichever place of employment I end up at.
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