I have a goal this semester.
I know. JHU_Emily has a goal? What a radical thought!
But bear with me on this.
This semester, I’m trying to do as little work as possible between when I get out of class on Friday afternoons and my Design Team meetings on Sunday mornings.
When the semester started, I went around telling people this and received many a puzzled or skeptical glance. Some asked how many credits I was taking and then chuckled at my response of 18. Others asked about the feasibility of this goal, given that an average week usually involves 3 problem sets, a lab report, and various extra-curriculars. Most were just confused.
The weird thing about college is that there always seems to be something to do. As soon as one homework assignment is done, the next is posted online. There’s always a lab to write, exam to study for, or reading to catch up on, and at times, this can be semi-overwhelming and it’s easy to get sucked into the vortex of working non-stop.
But after five semesters, I’ve learned something about myself: I need a break.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been making a conscious effort to set aside time to do Real People Things™ and explore my non-academic interests.
On one Saturday, my friend and fellow film-lover/movie-enthusiast Charwat and I want to a screening of Oscar-nominated short films. This past weekend, JHU_Molly and I took a trip to the American Visionary Art Museum and ended up accidentally brunching at the café. I’ve been trying new restaurants throughout the city, sleeping in a little later, attempting to go to the gym, and finding time to pleasure-read the New Yorker (the favorite publication of both your grandma and your favorite 20 year old college junior).
Don’t get me wrong; I’m still working incredibly hard to keep my grades up, learn the material in my classes, and get through the week with minimal stress But I have a newfound mindset that I am a person, in addition to being a student, researcher, and almost-engineer.
Does this mean sometimes staying for an extra hour or two or three during the week?
Yes. But in the words of the famed philosopher Tom Havaford:
Treat. Yo, Self.