College is your opportunity to have fun

Saturday I had the opportunity to attend the Athletic Hall of Fame hosted at the Student Center Ballroom. After listening to all the speakers talk about their time at CSC, I took note of two key things most of the speakers commented on.

The first was the memories they made while at CSC.

None of the speakers talked about the tests, about the homework, nor about the studying. All of them talked about the memories they made and the people they met while at CSC, and granted, these guys were all athletes but I think everyone on campus should take the ideas to heart.

They did share a few stories of classes but never about the work in the classes. I think the epically cliché phrase, “Work hard, play harder,” fits here.

College is an important time. We are paying for our education, and that should take a priority while in college, but I think it’s equally important for us to make connections and have fun while here. Studying is important, but too much studying is not.

One of the speakers commented that you only get so many years here and then suddenly, they are gone. You can come back to visit CSC after you graduate, but it will be different. And even if you come back to get a masters, things will be different. You only get to be an undergraduate student once.

So it’s important for us to take advantage of our time. We need to spend time with friends, meet new people, make memories and take adventures.

My parents always tell me three things when I leave home to come back to college. The first, study hard; second, be safe; and third, have fun. My parents are really smart people and I think they have an incredible point in reminding me of those three things all the time. Studying is the reason we are here, but enjoying ourselves should also be a priority. My dad has always told me that you have the rest of your life to work, so you don’t need to stress about that now. (Please note: my dad also pushed me to be the hardest worker I could possibly be in everything I do.)

The second note I made from the dinner was the players thanking their coaches for helping them become who they are today. Not only did they thank their athletic coaches, but also all the life coaches they’ve had. I’m sure we can all think of at least one person who helped shaped us into the people we are today.

One inductee said that we should say thanks more often. I couldn’t agree more.

People deserve to be appreciated. (Shaunda French endorses this idea. If you’ve taken one of her classes, you know.)

We get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to pay attention to the little things much too often. Once again, my smart father has been trying to teach me this lesson for years, and I’m finally starting to understand.

Life deserves to be lived to its fullest every single day and sometimes living to the fullest simply means having safe fun. The people who make a difference in your life should know about it. It will make you feel better than they’ll feel; I guarantee it.

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the Hall of Fame dinner because it reminded me to relax, to enjoy myself, to have fun while in college. The athletes also reminded me to say thank you to everyone who shaped me.

Life is precious and we should take advantage of our time and have fun, but because life is precious, we need to make sure people are appreciated because we never know when will be our last opportunity to thank them.

To finish off, I just want to take a quick minute to say thank you to my parents for teaching me all these lessons for my entire life; I finally get it.

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