Handling the Busyness of College
Don’t worry y’all— I’ve got pictures this time.
It was easy to get pictures when I kept myself busy, but that busyness ended up with me getting a little upset because I did not prioritize correctly. (This is the only particularly serious part of the blog by the way) Whenever you try to write an entire 2000+ word book review in one night … and haven’t even finished the book, then priorities need to be checked, and this is a reality that I was faced with recently when I stayed up ’til 3:30 AM to write a paper, just to have Microsoft Word crash and lose it all (Another moral of this story is to save frequently).
With that unpleasantness out of the way, let’s talk about some of the good things I did which kept me busy.
Are you ready for some fooooootbaaaall?! I’m sorry, it was the only transition I could think of. Anyways, I experienced my first Bison football game, and it impressed me. Our team is legitimate, and we have some real talent and teamwork. Unfortunately, in the game I watched, the Bison lost, but they never quit. Also the Bison student section was pretty fun, especially in the first half when there were more of us. There are a handful of little cheers/traditions to do. For example, every time the Bison offense gets a first down, we yell, “First and 10, let’s do it again! Lets go Bison! Whooo!” Another thing to note is how well the band performed for the halftime show. Unfortunately, they were focused on the stands on the side of the field opposite from the student section, so no pictures of that.
Next, Biggie! Biggie is this big talent show that OBU puts together every year, and it is separated into two parts, part music and part sketch comedy. This year the theme was “Backstreet Biggie” (Like the Backstreet Boys) and the theme was the 90’s. This show was incredible, with so much talent and so much humor in one show. One of the friends that I’ve made, Brandon, who is a senior, afterwards said that it was the best Biggie he had ever seen. Another friend, who I’ve known for a long time was actually one of the people doing the skits, so it was especially funny to see all of the silly stuff they did.
This next thing was smaller, but it happened right after Biggie, so I’m going to mention it anyways. Two of the social clubs on campus, the Lambdas and Thetas, hosted a Neon/Blacklight Dance Party, and it was tons of fun. Good songs, lots of dancing, snacks, what’s not to love?
One of the most important things that happens at OBU which people could never talk enough about is the great relationships that are made here. Really, every event I mention would fall under this category.
One particular example of this was when I got to help my friend Brandon (same Brandon from Biggie) with his band’s (Prone to Wander) promo music video. I got to experience a process that I hadn’t really done before, as well as help out with setup, so it was good.
I mentioned the Honors retreat in my last post. This period of time I went on the Glee Club retreat. So good. We made a lot of progress in our songs, and we got a lot closer to each other, becoming more like the brotherhood that Glee Club is. One thing, which especially led to this, was how all of the newcomers (or, littles) were paired with older guys (or, Bigs). My Big is Caleb, and he’s a cool dude.
One final thought before closing out this blog, is that college is full of opportunities and great stuff to spend time on (which we’ll talk about in pretty much every post), but letting all of this new stuff in displaces old habits, and produces good and necessary study habits. The habit I think of the most that gets displaced is having a quiet time with God, to grow closer to Him in prayer and through His Word. I am sure that once I took this time with God away, that was when everything else began to fall behind or apart. I would urge you to make and keep this good habit because without it, stress and fear seem to creep in.
John 15: 5-8
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”