To quote Olan Rogers, “It’s been a while. It’s been… it’s been a while.”
As I type these words, it is almost 11:30pm on Tuesday and I still have a few classes to do homework for. This may be considered bad time management, but I really felt the need to express what has been on my mind.
I am a lover of social media. I am always on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and I even have a VSCO account (one of my absolute favorite apps, by the way. This is not a plug. I wish it was.) HOWEVER, every time school rolls around, I see the typical posts that are full of complaining.
“It’s only Monday and I already can’t wait for this week to be over.”
“I have so much homework. I hate school.”
“School is literally hell.”
“I’m soooo ready to be done with school forever.”
“Ugh, I already know this homework assignment is gonna suck.”
“I hope my school burns overnight so I don’t have to go in the morning.” (Yes, I’ve actually seen this one several times)
These posts make me so sad! Actually, the emotion I feel when I see posts like these is a mixture of sadness, disappointment, annoyance, and…gratitude.
First of all, now that I am in college (it’s fantastic by the way), I hate my previous self for ever complaining about my homework load. Granted, I was an athlete in high school, and doing AP Spanish homework after a tough loss was always rough – especially if the game was several hours away. I am not saying, by any means, that people (students are the main focus of this post) are not allowed to feel stressed, tired, annoyed, or overloaded. I feel all of those things very frequently, especially during this transition to this new chapter of my life.
Despite these emotions, I’ve begun to look at college as a challenge. All of my classes this semester are extremely thought-provoking, and the content is so interesting to learn about. My professors want to teach and want us to learn. I also adore chapels here. I am so incredibly blessed to be able to attend such an amazing college and receive the education that I’m getting.
When I see people on social media (or in person, but mainly on social media) complain about how much they hate school or how much time they’ve spent working on their homework, it makes me more appreciative of my blessings, especially regarding my education (and makes me realize how much I really don’t want to be the person who complains about homework 24/7). I am so thankful for my high school education, because it prepared me so well for this difficult academic transition. I am thankful for my parents, who are paying for my college education, providing me with a job so I can help pay for my education, and not making me pay rent (yet) while I continue to live in the house. God has blessed me – and all of you – so immensely and in different ways, and many people are too busy complaining to notice.
AGAIN, I am not saying in any way, shape, or form that people (again, I’m focusing on students here) are not allowed to feel overwhelmed or stressed or tired or annoyed. It also does not mean I think that people should mask their emotions and fake it. I know it is extremely difficult for people with depression or anxiety (etc;) to have a positive outlook on certain situations, and I understand. Also, people should most definitely be able to talk about their feelings and relieve their stress in that way. Obviously, I am not perfect, and I still straight up complain sometimes. It’s inevitable. But I’m working on it.
For the most part, I just feel like there is a healthier way to express those feelings rather than complaining. The world would be such a more positive place if it wasn’t filled with negativity everywhere we turn. (I don’t know if there is a healthier way to express wishing your school would burn down, but that’s probably not a good thought to have anyway).
There are so many people in the world who would do anything to go to school everyday. This isn’t one of those “don’t complain because someone has it worse off than you” points. It’s simply a “don’t complain” point. I know that school is hard and it is most definitely not for everyone. It is stressful and can be extremely difficult to accommodate to various learning styles. But instead of complaining, maybe try something else. Find a study group and bounce ideas off of people, talk to your teacher if you don’t understand the content, or switch schools/type of schools (say, online classes or homeschooling) if that’s an option available to you. Complaining is not going to make anything better.
My homework is challenging, but thought-provoking. It is time-consuming, but I enjoy completing it. I LOVE the feeling of satisfaction that I get when I can close a big textbook and finally go to sleep. I am so intrigued by things I don’t know, and I consider it a blessing to be able to continue my education in this way. Is it the easiest thing to do? No. Is it cheap? Hahahahaha. Is it something I’m going to continue for the next four years? I don’t know. At this point, I want to. I’ve always wanted to say that I’ve graduated college. But we never really know, do we? We just have to trust God to take the reins.
And I’m not going to spend my time complaining.
If you read through all of this, thanks for sticking with me. I don’t know how much of it makes sense…It’s 12:15am now, and I still have some work to do – but I’m actually excited to do it. (You guys probably think I’m a mutant by now…who says they enjoy doing their homework??) I’m also really excited to sleep. (Does that make me a normal human being?) ANYWAY I hope this makes you think a little bit about your words.
Love you guys!
p.s. To those people who complain and continually post their complaints on social media: If you didn’t spend so much time complaining to Twitter and Snapchat, you would probably be done with your homework by now.