Class year: Senior
Time Management: Self-motivation
We’ve all heard it a million times: Don’t skip your classes. Those classes are too important, too valuable, or insert-other-reason-here to be skipping them. Now I know I’m not alone when I say it took me a while to think about those words. If everyone else is skipping, it can’t be so bad, right? So instead, during my freshman year, any reason was a reason to skip class. Biology review for our really intense final? But I have to do laundry.
Once, during my first semester, my friends and I were on our way to class, when we decided to go to Chipotle instead. We made jokes about tuition rates and burrito rates. What’s another $7.00 on top of the thousands we’re already wasting?
All jokes aside for a second here. I find it easier to work with smaller numbers. Full-time undergraduate tuition for Fall 2014 is 5,091 for in-state and 14,880 for out-of-state. And a burrito is $7. I can buy roughly 727 burritos with the amount an in-state pays, and 2,125 burritos out-of-state.
You’re probably thinking, ok, so what does that mean for me? That is just more reason why I am wasting my money.
The way I see it, that amount of money can feed 727 (or, for the out-of-staters, 2,125) people in the world. I have the privilege to spend this money on an education and still have food, so why would I want to take it for granted?
This is the same reason I am studying what I enjoy. Though my English major with a heavy concentration in Linguistics might not directly save the world or, just to be topical, decrease tuition rates, I love what I’m learning. I feel enriched by studying new things in the field, which can lead to a happier lifestyle and amount to bigger things in life. I have goals to go into Non-Profit organizations and try to make a change in the world baby steps at a time, and solving the hunger equation is one of the things I think is most important.
So maybe this example doesn’t work for you specifically, but get this: I found something that is important to me and linked it to my tuition, and now I’m one hundred times less likely to skip a class. Self-motivation is different for different people, and you just have to find what works for you, but maybe that thing is something more outside of yourself. Though it is an internal method, it’s linked to a world issue. I just know that when I look back on college, I won’t be thinking that my money was literally wasted. Though I might not individually solve huge issues in the world, I will know that I was in class honing skills. These skills can play a small part in a bigger company that just might make a change.