Reevaluating my schedule and enjoying life

Throughout my blogs this semester, I’ve mentioned that my schedule is very tight. With a part-time job, internship, USG, the UIC Communication Honor Society, and school, things have been hectic. I’ve worked with a full load throughout my college career, and it really hasn’t been a problem until now. With upper-level classes and working on my senior paper, I just needed more time. Not only more time to read, but also more time to live life.
In order to lighten up my schedule, I decided to quit my part-time job. It wasn’t an easy decision – I LOVED working with the children I worked at the school I worked at. And, I appreciated the extra bucks in my pocket. However, what’s the point in making extra money when I don’t have time to enjoy using it? So now that I have a good 12 hours off of my weekly schedule, I will have more time to focus more on my studies and relax a bit.
It also wasn’t an easy decision because I have a high work ethic. In fact, I think that a lot of American society has a strong emphasis on “working hard.” Naturally, I have carried the same work ethic throughout my college career. I felt a bit guilty quitting my job because I didn’t want to be a “quitter.” I didn’t want to feel like one of those people who just give up something because they couldn’t handle the pressure. However, after much thought, I realized – I only have one life to live — I might as well live it happily and healthy. So what if I gave up on my job? If it means more time to do things that I love or if it means putting more effort into my studies, I think quitting my job is worth it. I never want to be one of those people who work so hard and so much that they forget to enjoy life.
Although I am going to be a bit sad going into my last week of work, I am happy that I will be able to have more time to myself. Because in the end, that’s all you really have. Yourself. So you might as well enjoy your time :)
Until next time…
Mike

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