It’s during times like the end of shopping period when we become aware of the linearity of time. Our schedules unsettled, the trajectories of our semesters were yet to be determined. But we’re no longer rootless, no longer engaging in a hobby that our parents often attribute to our Attention Deficit Disorder, and we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel (i.e., vacation): Our color-coded iCals lay out our engagements, assignments, and exams to take place from now until finals period. The process repeats itself, but in the short run, it’s full speed ahead until December; we rinse and repeat come January.
Here’s the great thing about the linearity of a semester: we can wipe the slate clean and start anew. Whether you have four semesters under your belt at Brown or zero, you’re given the chance to strike a balance and get it right. We are grounded in our course selection, and we begin to construct routines that work with our busy lives. It’s in our downtime that we can think about what we want to accomplish and how we want to grow as college students and ~20-somethings. As we come out of the gates and put our noses to the grindstone, here are some things (some trivial, some more significant) to strive for this semester to shake things up, and to keep our Brown experiences interesting and all the more enjoyable.
Take risks. In the generic way, sure, but consider actively shaking it up. Do things that the “old” __(insert your name here)___ wouldn’t have even dreamed of doing last semester, or maybe even in a lifetime. Join a new club or student group. Give yourself a break from your work and go out on a weeknight; alternatively, give yourself “you” time and stay in one night during the weekend. Talk to that guy or girl you’ve been admiring from afar. The opportunities are endless—give yourself the opportunity to change the game. You’ll never know unless you try.