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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Time is valuble – use it wisely


In case no one has noticed, the end of the semester is almost here. It seems like yesterday was the first day of school. Face it, time is of the essence and unfortunately we’re running out of it. Did you know that Sunday, Mar. 9 is daylight savings time? It is time to spring forward. Pick up the pieces you left behind at the beginning of the semester.

Take advantage of the time you have left, because the opportunities you pass up now may never resurface again. For graduating seniors, now is the time to work on your r’eacute;sum’eacute;s and cover letters.

For the rest of us, perhaps it is time to complete (or begin) the projects, papers and other assignments from the beginning of the semester. Perhaps we should actually take the time to go to class and figure out a plan to balance our social, academic and professional lives.

As college students and aspiring professionals, we have to learn how to budget our time as we budget our money. Good time management skills in college will help us be organized, deadline oriented professionals later in life. It will teach us how to make the most of the time we have throughout the day and the week to plan our "daily and weekly" activities accordingly. Our time should be revered as a precious commodity because it seems to rush by us without any type of warning or explanation. How many of us woke up this morning wondering ‘where did time go’? How many of us actually know, or shall we say remember, that Spring Break starts next Friday, Mar. 14?

Just when we begin to get into the groove of things, time begins to slip by us as if it is running away. Of course, we don’t have to always spend our time working and studying. In order to stay sane (even though that is virtually impossible in college) we have to let loose and enjoy the precious time we have with those we don’t see very often, including ourselves.

College is a long road. It has its fair share of ups and downs, strenuous semesters and unexpected moments. Things happen that cause us to unravel and lose sight of our main goal. wWe tend to forget to take the time to breathe, eat, sleep and exist as people.

We allow ourselves to be consumed by things that we may or may not have control over. Sometimes we invest time into things that may not be worth the time and energy being spent. As Carl Sandburg once said, "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."

Latimer, a post-baccalaureate English student, can be reached via [email protected]


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