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Bad Decisions

Published April 23, 2012 2:58 PM by Lauren Rosso

Sometimes, no matter how focused and dedicated you are to being successful in school, you just can't say "no" to playoff hockey tickets even when you know it might be the worst academic decision of your life. That's exactly what happened to me on Friday night when a friend offered me a spare ticket to game 5 of the Penguins vs. Flyers series. Despite facing six finals this week, three of them on Monday, I couldn't turn the opportunity down.

I'm usually pretty careful when it comes to decisions like this, particularly around the time of finals, so I can't quite figure out what made me throw caution to the wind and go to the game. At some point in a semester like this, you eventually have to let some of the stress go and "live" (I know that sounds dramatic). Even if I hadn't gone to the game, I still would feel like there's not enough time to study all of this material, and I would still be in a state of mild panic. This is just another reinforcement that the key to doing well is time management, and despite some less-than-optimal decisions, I still have that going for me.

I may change my tune Monday after the exams. If I don't do well, I'll probably be eating my words. For the time being, I'm going to take this as a lesson in time management and balancing life with school. I'm also going to pray that if they make it to game 7, it's not the night before any of my other exams.

3 comments

Lauren,

I think that it is all too common that people in school are forgetting the necessary balance of work and enjoyment.  Do not get me wrong I love school, but I think that a lot of times people forget to take time out for themselves.  In order for us to be the best and perform the best that we are capable of, we must not neglect our own needs.  I know in school everyone is focused on making the best grades that they can, but in the long run, our sanity and health are crucial to our overall well-being and this will in turn reflect in our studies.  

Having fun outside of school activities does not necessarily mean that our grades suffer.  I make it a point to do something I enjoy multiple times a week just to make sure that I am able to take a break and to come back to studying with fresh eyes.  I find it difficult on these breaks to quiet my mind though (always thinking about what I should be studying or the next assignment to be done).  I have been making a to-do list at the beginning of each week, giving each day a number of tasks/assignments to accomplish.  I am my own worst critic and I know that in order for me to be satisfied in finishing each item on my list, I must not make my days overwhelming with too many things that I know I cannot finish.  This way, I can know that my time is well spent and that I can have time spend on activities outside of school!

Susan , DPT Student March 7, 2013 10:17 PM
Greenville NC

Jason- Vegas is a much more distracting place than Pittsburgh.  Definitely not as much going on here!  Glad to hear something can sympathize.  

Lauren Rosso April 26, 2012 4:29 PM

I laugh because I failed a test going out to enjoy the nightlife and wind down from school when I lived in Vegas. It was a hard lesson to learn and I never did it again.  

The class I was taking was A and P and if you don't do well in that you either take it again or forget about therapy school.

Jason Marketti April 23, 2012 9:57 PM

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