Finals, and a Final Look Back Before the New Year
My first semester of college has gone by in a flash. I’m still surprised it’s over. But J-Term is just around the corner, so, before I say farewell to 2016, I’d like to reflect on these past 3(ish) months.
Finals! Wow, if looking at your reviews for your finals doesn’t wake you up to the fact that you’re in college, I don’t know what will. While the grades seriously matter, it seems like everything I’ve heard about them has been blown way out of proportion. Some make it seem like finals week equals the end of the world in college, but it’s just another week. The work looks different, and I had to focus on schoolwork a little more, but those five tests weren’t my doom. Really, the biggest tip I can give for finals week is to be flexible. If you don’t regularly study and put aside time for school work in the regular semester (which I recommend), then make sure that you do so for finals week. It’s all about priorities.
That being said, I needed to place the priority of schoolwork over video games so that in my free time I could do things like Christmas Chapel, Hanging of the Green, and a bunch of smaller activities with my friends. When in college, don’t forget that it is Christmas time because you are stressing about finals. Be joyful!
This upcoming year, I want to be true to my resolution, so I’ve been thinking about it ahead of time. I feel as though, in 2016, I didn’t do enough for others. I feel like I did not try hard enough in my friendships, in my school work, or in my spiritual life, which has to do with every aspect of my life. This new year, I resolve to love God and love others, which isn’t always easy. And I know that I am not the only one who has lived life the easy way. I just want the reader to be reminded that meaning is found in work. Not that we are saved by God for our work, but that we love and praise Him in working for Him. This is what God has been pressing on me this semester through His Word, and through OBU. I am truly undeserving and thankful that He cares for us and has blessed me with so many friendly people and fantastic professors.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.