College is supposed to be many things. Some say that it is supposed to be the best time of your life. It is supposed to be hard, though some say that it is much easier than high school. College students are supposed to be stressed. We are supposed to have free time, but we are supposed to work hard. We are supposed to be able to pay off our loans within six months of graduation. We are supposed to get a job in our field within three months of graduation. College is supposed to be the tool that gives us (students) the power to do well in the world. College is supposed to be great.
College is great, it is. I am completely in charge of my schedule, I report to no one, and I eat what I want, when I want. The thing that people do not tell you when you’re in high school, is that college is really, really hard. Juggling school, studying, work, volunteering, and any sort of social life is the most difficult thing I have ever had to do. It seems as if I am running in thirteen different directions at all times, and I will continue to do so until I walk across that stage and get my diploma.
The thing is, it won’t be over then. It only gets crazier, am I right? Real jobs are 8-12 hour shifts, four, five, or six days a week. Plus grocery shopping, gym time, hitting the bars on a Saturday night, visiting mom and dad on Sunday… and when it’s time to be a mother, well, when that time comes I’ll be wishing my stress level was at the point that it is now. So what does this mean? Am I destined to be borderline insane for the rest of my life? They say that you learn to manage stress as you age, I believe that, but when the stress just continues to build how can you ever learn to manage all of it?
I cannot help but wonder, what if? What if we could slow down? What if we worked on the sun’s schedule? What if we took a siesta after lunch, like they do in Mexico? America is supposed to be the Great Melting Pot, yet we have a culture all our own. What if instead, we had a combination of the best pieces of all of the cultures of the world? Just imagine, Mexico’s siestas, Denmark’s tax system, Wales’ royalty (okay, sorry but I love Harry and Will), and other great ideas from other countries. How awesome would it be to take a break for a lunch time nap, not have to worry about student loans, and have actual public figures that were good role models, instead of Justin Bieber. Mmm, it feels good to imagine a world where my stresses are alleviated.