After being bombarded with snow, ice, and freezing rain, our campus is finally starting to settle in to a normal routine. Second semester is in full swing and contrary to my belief that things would be much easier without a full time sport, I am busier than ever! Not only did I join more clubs, but I got an on-campus job and also signed up to play intramural soccer (a league that lets anyone play just for fun). Needless to say, I took my own advice and seized opportunities as they came.
I must say, when it came to looking for on-campus jobs, I was a bit skeptical not only because most of them were already filled in the fall, but because part-time jobs are never pleasant. But, thanks to close connections, I managed to snag probably one of the best jobs on campus. The job title is called Sports Information, and basically I help out at athletic events on campus. This can range from selling tickets, to controlling the scoreboard, to running the music and displays.
So far I’ve worked two swim meets and two basketball games and have had a blast doing both. For a sports junkie like myself, I figure that I would normally be a spectator in the audience anyway, so why not get paid while watching? It’s the perfect job for me and I feel so lucky as to have been hired when I was. The best part is getting up close to the athletes. During a swim meet, I was assigned to time the races, and the only way I could have been closer would be if I was in the water with them. It’s like you’re in the action, cheering them on, and getting that same adrenaline rush.
On a separate note, spring break is slowly but surely coming our way! Seeing as this is the only official break we have before we leave college for summer vacation, everyone on campus is itching to finally have some time off from their studies, and hopefully, if the weather cooperates, will be able to enjoy some sunshine and warmth. I can’t believe how fast this semester has been going. Winter break seems so far in the past, and even more astounding, is that after spring break we only have a little over a month left in the semester before final exams and then summer.
I’ve noticed that throughout my time in college, I’ve been thinking so much farther ahead than I usually do. My mindset focuses on the distant future way more often than the present. I can’t help but think that my freshman year is almost over, leaving me only three more years in college, then graduation, then applying for graduate school, then graduating with a doctorate degree. This foresight is so alien to me, that I don’t know what to make of it. I guess it’s my way of trying to prepare for my future goals, but at the same time, it makes the present flash by in an instant. Now that I have actually set some solid goals for myself, the problem is putting them in motion, and making them a reality. Luckily for me, I’m still only a freshman, and I have plenty of time to find a path that suits my needs and find people who will help me stay on that path. Here’s hoping I can enjoy the now, and also plan for the later.