The average person has over 1,450 dreams a year. You are
what you eat, they say. You are what we read. You are who
you are and rarely who you want to be. But the plans are
made. They're made for after you graduate, after you've
taught English in Europe for a couple of years to pay off
those nasty student loans and finally come back to get your
Yes, those plans are made. But they seem so far away. You
consider adjusting your plan to suit your unique situation.
One dream is forgotten to make room for the immediate need
– unexpected emergencies arise, whatever they may
be. Your plan is adjusted again, pushing step three back
to position six. Another year slips away.
The only place left to go when you're down is bad, too bad
to discuss so I won't. Trust me though, you can always go
down. That's why we come to university. It's one of the
things we can do in the now to create a better tomorrow.
But that's also why we torment ourselves over the silliest
things: Will I pass my assignment? How can I manage work
and school? What will happen if I freeze during the exam?
Luckily, down's definitely not the only way to go. Thomas
Edison, inventor of the light bulb, was afraid of the dark.
How will you use your fears? And if you freeze during an
exam, you fail.
We're right, though, to worry and doubt about the future.
We're still young and it's the biggest part of our lives.
However, if we worried a little less and concentrated on
our studies a little more we'd have more time for the important
things, like friendships, fun and that good book we've been
meaning to read.
After two years at MUN, I feel like a university veteran
and my goals are becoming visible. What I want to do is
clear – still working to get there but I'm getting
Nevertheless, I remember my first days on campus, lost in
those munnels, trying to hide from the crowds, which were
overwhelming and I unfamiliar with the ways of student life.
I spent a lot of time trying to find little quiet cubby
holes where I wouldn't be noticed. Find them I did. But
then loneliness set in and I wanted to talk to people, to
join in those overwhelming crowds. Today, it's just the
opposite: I can't hide anymore even when I try. So many
people to talk to. They're everywhere. And it's great, but
less work gets done when it's so easy to find someone to
kill a few hours with.
Balance is needed. Don't get bogged down drinking coffee
with the countless friends you've made. Besides, apples
are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake
in the mornings and less likely to cause bleeding ulcers!
Try to avoid taking Breezeway 1100. It's been said, the
more you drink the more you sink. Sure have fun but remember
that we pay for this education. Wasting time worrying about
grades or blaming teachers instead of ourselves when deep
down we know we procrastinate is not going to get us through
In spite of the long nights and episodes of hair pulling
that we put our poor bodies through, we're getting smarter
all the time. Our Moms and Dads are proud; they'll see us
graduate soon enough. It is important to graduate –
you know, for their sakes. Keep trying no matter how hard
it seems. We have life easy; after all, our grandparents
had to walk 12 miles through snow over their heads up hill
both ways just to get to and home from school.