Six hours of homework today? Classes too? Add commitments to your friends and extra curriculars? Does this sound like your schedule? Let’s see, that should leave about twenty minutes left to sleep!
As I walked to chapel today I said hello to a friend and his frantic face and vocal tone as he said, “Hey, I’m in a hurry,” almost led me to expect there was a bomb behind him. As it was, he was probably just hoping to complete an entire paper in the chapel hour. Conversations in the caf line or before class often have a general flow that entails, “Hi, how are you?” “Good, busy, but good.” A lot of nodding usually follows this statement. Pretty soon we have a classroom full of bobble heads that eventually slow to a stop with their heads bowed over their planners to add one more assignment they previously forgot about.
That’s us Trinity students: making the most of every minute, even when utilizing that minute to add one more thing.
I even realized the other day that I had forgotten to schedule walking time into my day and I ended up late to three commitments. Walking time!
How did we as college students learn that it was okay to have one or two or three activities and responsibilities planned for every hour of the day? We certainly didn’t learn this in kindergarten. Naps were encouraged and teachers had ample time in between activities for “spontaneous learning opportunities.” Somewhere in between then and now we have decided that learning should be scheduled and spontaneity should be calculated. I am the worst culprit of this. (Right now I am skipping lunch to bring you this bit of hypocritical wisdom.) So take a look at your planner. Remove some of the post-its so you can see the page. Find the biggest blank space and draw a box around it. Don’t allow yourself to fill it up. Take that empty space and leave it empty. Let a little square of clean paper brighten that day. Give that one box away. Give it to spontaneity. Give that one space to learning something you didn’t expect. Let’s, as a Trinity student body, give time for the unexpected.