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February 06, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 14

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Staying busy can lead to success

Where is the stable where the authors of recent forum pieces are keeping their high horses? I feel more like an audience member on "Dr. Phil" than an editor every week as I proofread pieces telling me to get more sleep, schedule my time better and hold onto the child inside.

No offense to the writers, but why do you think I don't already do these things?

Mostly, however, I take exception to the accusation that I work too hard for straight-A's and don't have fun. Yes, I take pride in my school work and a B eats away at me a little. That's bad?

As for overextending myself, I like the fact that well into my junior year I have enough activities to be able to choose which to put on my resume. I'm doing too much?

Busy is in the eye of the beholder. I am the managing editor of content for The Crusader, work in the computer lab, play in the stadium band and yes, strive for my A's. However, my classes all start after 10 a.m. and on weekends you can find me going to the movies, screaming at a football game or wasting time at Dunkin Donuts.

I resent the assumption that my occasionally cramped schedule means that I am overextending myself and not enjoying college. I can say from experience that this is not the most hectic that my life will be.

I got a glimpse of real life last semester when I lived in a condo in Virginia, commuted across Washington D.C. four days a week and spent eight to ten hours under the glow of fluorescent lights in The Washington Times newsroom. At the end of every day I was still faced with the prospect of cooking, cleaning and preparing for the next onslaught of tasks.

So please, don't preach to me about how I overload myself here and work too hard, because compared to coming through the door between 7 and 8 every night, this semester seems like a cakewalk. I actually have time to take naps and I can watch TV in the middle of the day.

So what if occasionally I have to be okay with only six hours of sleep? I usually get eight. So what if I spend the majority of my Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Crusader office? Sometimes it's the most fun I have all week. When I have a real job, real bills and real responsibilities with no prospect of a midterm break or the summer off, I'm pretty sure I won't look back at college and think that I was overworked.

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