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Saying “yes” is easy, especially when asked to take on a specific task.
When it comes to being in college (especially the first year), students are encouraged to get involved, not only for the purpose of meeting new people, but to seek what truly grabs an individual’s attention so he or she may follow matters of the heart.
Yes, it is important to plug in to different organizations, but how much is too much?
Now, don’t think this is to call anyone out for being “over involved.” If that were the case, the big fat plank would need to be taken from this very eye, but being busy besides school work wasn’t always the case.
For freshmen or transfer students, being away from home and family is scary. Shyness often replaces confidence, and the first year at UMHB can become more intimidating.
Needless to say, after finally getting out of the comfort shell, students find that activities become their new home.
The semester is jam packed with school work, various campus activities and sometimes a part-time job.
Students should pursue what they love most, and do it with all they have. But when it becomes too much, they should not be afraid to say no.
Mistakes are easily learned from. Many students tend to overload themselves during their first year because it seems like a good way to start.
Junior theology/philosophy and history major Curtis Landrum took full advantage of joining many organizations on campus.
He became freshman class president for the Student Government Association, took part in Student Foundation, Reaching Out, served on the Play Day committee, directed and choreographed the freshman class for Stunt Night, directed Sader Puff and was part of the Honors Program.
To say the least, Landrum had a lot on his plate.
“I felt strung a lot thinner than I wanted to be,” he said. “I got tired of not being able to do things that I wanted to do and needed to do because I had to attend some monotonous meeting or lengthy event.”
He came to realize these activities were “more of a chore and less of an honor.” Meetings weren’t productive because he wanted to use that time for other activities.
Many students continue to fill their activity plates because they enjoy the busy, hectic lifestyle of living by a planner.
And that is perfectly fine. When seeking true passions, stick to what you know. If you’re meant to be in a certain organization, it will happen.
Landrum encourages students to venture off campus and see what else the world offers.
“I think there is only so much we can learn surrounded by the UMHB Christian bubble,” he said. “In a sense, I think those who try to be in everything aren’t really as diversified in their experience as they might think.”
Be wise and pray for direction before you find yourself looking up a mile high with no way to get out.