EditoiialzClocks are ticking; heads are aching
by Addie Tschamler
As the great orator and former Brit
ish prime minister Winston Churchill
once said, “Worry is a spasm of the
imagination. The mind seizes hold of
something and simply cannot let it
go.” Tell me about it!
The spring of the year for us col
lege students always seems to unfold
with, not only budding azaleas and
dogwood trees, but also unyielding
stress and less than a good night’s
sleep. It’s the usual routine for profes
sors - you know; their class is the only
class you have, so why not assign a
three-page paper, give a test and double
homework aU in the same week?!
It seems the closer you get to the
end of the year, the more obstacles
appear in your path. Your parents con
tinue to give you the spill about orga
nizing your time, but your life is just
one bigmaze. You’re constantlybump-
ing into walls that you cannot over
come, so you must try to find your way
around. My dad wrote me letter just
recently that ended by saying: “Re
member we are striving for a B-average
this semester.” “We” are? It takes two
to make a "we" and the only one that
seems to be striving is me! And striving
I am - struggling is more like it.
As students we are constantly aware
that our final days at college each year
appear to be held in the hands of a
clock that seems to be spinning faster
than our aching heads. And if exams
and papers aren’t enough, we are laced
with decisions to make about registra
tion for next term, or what to do after
graduation, or what plans to make for
Well, I can honestly say that no one
said it was going to be easy. I can also
honestly admit that I never thought it
would be this hard, but year after year
I am proved wrong once again. But if
you can’t deal with chaotic mazes and
spinning clocks, don’t give up hope
yet. The bridge from spring to summer
isn’t completely obliterated. There are
still pieces left that will take us to the
other side. Sure, it will take some brain
power to get there. But have faith, and
The first thing to remember is not
to spend too much of your valuable
time worrying about how it will aU get
done. Take a deep breath and march
on, taking on each obstacle as you
come to it. The important thing is to
not get stressed out. Let’s lace it; it
doesn’t help. Worrying never made
problems go away. They are still going
to be there when you decide to stop
worrying, so put it all behind you and
move on in confidence that you can
handle it, even if you have your doubts.
Forget that weary-looking clock that
seems to be dizzying itself. Take one
thing at a time and walk on.
After all, the great Winston
Churchill also said, “In my experience
of large enterprises I have found it is
often a mistake to try and settle every
thing at once.”
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