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Getting involved in college

September 19, 2013

 

Wake up at 7 a.m. groggy with a headache and stuffy nose because last night was the third night in a row that you went to bed after midnight.

 

Class starts at 8 a.m., and you must go because you have that huge test today.

 

Finally finish classes at 11:50 a.m., feeling even worse from the sleep deprivation.

 

You head off and grab some lunch with some friends before heading out to do that community service project with your fraternity brothers where you rake leaves until 3 p.m.

 

You have one hour to clean up before leaving for a meeting with your church leadership team.

 

Directly after that you rush off to an SGA meeting, and then have to leave a few minutes early to make it to your UB meeting on time.

 

By the time meetings end it is 8 p.m., and you have just enough time to grab dinner before leading that late-night workout class at the gym.

 

It is 10 p.m. when you get home, and you still have engineering homework, a paper to write and another test to study for.

 

Looks like another late night ahead before waking up for another 8 a.m. class and meetings all day long.

 

Too much? We think so.

 

According to medicalnewstoday.com, “On weeknights, 20 percent of students stay up all night at least once a month and 35 percent stay up until 3 a.m. at least once a week.”

 

Entering college can mean a lot of things such as—freedom, fun and a lot of amazing memories, or it can be a chore.

 

Incoming college students tend to repeatedly hear the phrase “get involved.”

 

That is great advice, but everything is better in moderation.

 

Sweets are yummy in moderation. Exercise is healthy in moderation. And collegiate involvement is beneficial in moderation.

 

The more involved one is, the busier he or she becomes, leading to sleep deprivation and sometimes a drop in GPA.

 

It is all about pacing oneself.

 

College tends to be overwhelming for several reasons: organization invites, surplus of homework, longer classes, the urge to meet new people and just freedom and acceptance in general.

 

At Tech, the emails alone can be a lot to take in.

 

Tech understands the transition freshmen are going through, though, and that is why upperclassmen are here to help.

 

Upperclassman come to school a day early just to help everyone move into his or her dorm or apartment, Tech sets aside an entire week to welcome students back to school, and the university even offers a course that teaches freshmen about the institution.

 

Even though there are many transitional aids at Tech, lacking the ability to prioritize and say “No” can cause a lot of stress.

 

Choose what fits your lifestyle and personality best and give it your all.

 

When one begins to do that, that is when Tech becomes home.

 

Tech welcomes more than 1,500 new freshmen this year, so to all of our newcomers, we are happy to have you as part of the Tech family.

 

However, remember getting involved makes the experience worthwhile, but try not to let too many organizations take the fun out of college.

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