It’s senior year and I’m doing nothing. Ok, not actually doing nothing, but doing a lot less than I have in the past. I’ve carefully picked classes that would be interesting but hopefully not too overwhelming. I’ve continued participating in organizations that I love, and made my silly senior bucket list a priority (one of the tasks is to write for an on-campus publication, and here we are!). I’m not interning this semester, so I have nine hours added to my Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
I’m shamelessly enjoying my last year at BU, because I have a lot more time for me.
Prior to my senior year, I threw myself headfirst into “being busy”. I loved waking up at the crack of dawn and finishing my day late into the night. I wanted to challenge myself, take tough classes but get a high GPA, intern for 20 hours but still hold on-campus leadership positions, start an organization but try to keep up that social life thing. The phrase “I’m stressed” popped up a little too frequently for my liking.
Why? There is a “busy equals high status” effect in our society that has perpetrated daily life, and for whatever reason, we’re fine with it. In fact, we love it. We love it so much that we choose it. Being busy answers this existential crisis that humans have: If we’re busy, then we must matter.
There is nothing wrong with being busy. For a long time, it was as a strong motivator to get up in the morning, worked as a distraction, and encouraged a proactive mentality. However, even then, by the end of my junior year fall semester, I was worn down. I needed sleep, needed time, and definitely needed a break. Going abroad allowed me to readjust. I had ample time to enjoy my experience in Europe and also learned to enjoy having more time in general. With a new appreciation for free time in tow, I pledged to approach my senior year differently.
Now I’m doing less, but enjoying more. I’m seeing friends I haven’t seen in ages, making my classes a top priority, and stress is no longer a monster on my shoulder.
So, as this semester comes to a close, ask yourself: Are you as happy as you could be? Are you enjoying all of your challenges, or simply going through the motions? Are you taking time for the people in your life? Are you taking time for you?
We have four, very short years in college. Careers are important. Grades are critical, but so is your wellbeing. You don’t need to be “doing nothing”—just doing things that motivate you and make you happy. Shamelessly enjoy your time here at BU, and know that your existence on this planet does not solely depend on how early you get up in the morning, or how many cups of coffee you drink. That, I can assure you.
Jessica Roey, COMpost Blogger
Jessica is a senior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Political Science currently trying to give above average life advice via her blog posts. A self-proclaimed Instagram guru and hot sauce enthusiast, she enjoys brunch, traveling, and making (very) bad jokes. Follow her on Instagram or add her on LinkedIn.