Slow and steady

Elaine Gerou editor-in-chief elaine.gerou@apps.schoolcraft.edu

Elaine Gerou
editor-in-chief
elaine.gerou@apps.schoolcraft.edu

Experience college at your own pace

As a college student, I constantly feel pressure from various sources to graduate “on time,” and although graduating in the shortest span of time possible can save money, I’ve realized I’m in no rush to earn my degree.

Like many students, I changed my major three times before I even figured out what I actually wanted to do. It took me over a year to decide I wanted to go into the medical field, which put me behind many students who decided when they started their freshman year.

Children growing up can’t wait to be teenagers, and when I was a teenager, many of my peers couldn’t wait to graduate high school. On my 20th birthday this past April, I realized I was already entering my third decade of life, and I already reminisce about years past when I had time to sleep in, watch movies with my family and workout as much as I pleased.

This makes me realize that I do not want to rush through this period of my life. Many students do not enjoy academia and feel that it is best to take as many classes as possible and go year round, fast-forwarding themselves to finishing their degree in a more timely fashion. For students who enjoy the learning process though, why rush and stress yourself out in the process of earning degree(s)?

Additionally, sprinting towards the workforce does not sound appealing when according to a 2013 Gallup poll, 70 percent of Americans are “disengaged” from their jobs or unhappy. We have the rest of our lives to just work; while in college, there are opportunities to learn, explore interests, work cool odd jobs, have internships and maybe most importantly, not be restricted to the number of vacation days you can take. Last summer I was able to take a month long adventure in Europe to expose myself to other cultures, customs, foods and people. As soon as one enters the workforce, opportunities diminish. Now is the time to live and experience life before a job ties you down.

Image from sites.psu.edu College should be taken at the pace at which each student wishes. If fitting all courses into a four-year period is too stressful, students should not feel pressure to cram their education. Education for one’s degree should be enjoyed, not dreaded.

Image from sites.psu.edu
College should be taken at the pace at which each student wishes. If fitting all courses into a four-year period is too stressful, students should not feel pressure to cram their education. Education for one’s degree should be enjoyed, not dreaded.

Although it sometimes sounds temping to jump into a career that could earn a salary and benefits, it is not worth the stress. I do not want to look back at this time in my life and only remember how hard I worked to earn a degree. I want to remember the memories I made with friends, peers and family.

Life is a journey, not to be rushed through. In the blink of an eye, we will have wrinkles and will reminisce on time spent in college. Every moment should be savored and enjoyed, so rather than let society’s pressure of finishing school quickly stress you out and make you dread class, take it at your own pace.