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Enjoying the Little Things

-Garrett Clark, Alpha Theta

Saint Joseph’s University is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. It’s a warm and fun place I can call my second home. It has many different experiences and is the school of some of my best friends in the entire world. Although there are so many upsides to college, it is easy to get wrapped up and sometimes even be consumed by your workload and commitments.

Looking back to December of 2021, I remember being slammed with work as it was finals season. I had 4 projects, multiple papers, and a test in every one of my classes. On top of that I had my other commitments such as being on exec for DSP and being an SI for economics. While I love doing all these things, it is easy to be overwhelmed by what you have on your plate and focus solely on what you need to do.

By the time the semester ended last year I was so relieved and proud of myself that I was able to accomplish all that I did. But as I had time to reenergize and reflect over winter break, the moments I felt most happy about weren’t the ones that I accomplished academically. Although it was nice to have this feeling of competition and seeing your hard work pay off, I just thought about all the little moments I had during this time.

I remember the nights staying up until 3am in the library delirious with my friends trying to finish our work. I remember the movies I would watch with my friends to help unwind. I even remembered searching for those 3 wise men move every day throughout campus. With all these memories being the ones that stick out for me, it is clear to me that it’s the little things that count.

As I approach my last semester at SJU I really want to enjoy and savor these little moments. I come to realize that school is important, and you must make sure you take it seriously. But it is equally important to just enjoy the world around you and really focus on the people who are around you. Because when you’re 30 years old you’re not going to remember that random quiz you took, but you will remember the people who you shared moments with.

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