Class Isn't My Top Priority

12:33 AM

Franklin doesn't make class his first priority either. 

I used to pride myself on my dedication to my classes. It didn't matter what was going on, I was always studying. Not just for an exam, usually just to keep up with my classes. I would stay in from parties, games, or even just seeing friends. I tended to spend more time reading for class than socializing with real people. At the end of the semester, I felt that I had nothing to show for it. A 2.9 and barely any friends was not how I pictured college.

It wasn't until I went to Italy that I realized that there are things that are more important than college classes. I'm not saying it isn't important or saying it shouldn't be a top priority, I'm just saying that it isn't what I value most. I can honestly say that I place more importance on my loved ones, myself, and my happiness than I do on getting all As. I am willing to lose 10 minutes, an hour, or even an afternoon just to talk to a friend who needs me. If I think I need a mental health day then I take it because I know I don't function well without a clear mind. If I'm not happy I find a way to make myself happy, whether that's studying outside or taking a coffee break.

I completely understand that college is necessary and that grades are important. If I didn't, I wouldn't still be here. I'm just saying that there's more to college than just grades. It's about forming relationships and finding yourself. It's about asking questions and taking chances. It's about realizing that you're only human and you aren't expected to be perfect. The lessons that I've learned in college outside of textbooks are far more valuable than the definitions I tried to memorize. 

In ten years from now, I won't be telling stories about how often I studied. Maybe I'll tell someone about the only all-nighter I pulled in college. I'll tell them about all of the football games I attended. I'll tell them about laying out on the quad and getting the Daily Grind. I'll tell them about the weekends I spent with Paul. I might mention being on Dean's List a couple of semesters, but will I remember my exact grades or courses? No. Instead I'll remember the people I met and the places I visited. That is why I am making more of an effort to really experience and appreciate everything in life.

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