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Class Wars: The Stress Awakens

Mid-April Crisis

At midnight, almost everyone with a first year status will be wide awake, trying to register for those classes they desperately need to take in order to qualify for future advanced classes or to avoid taking the same class one/two years later if the class is offered every other year. Some want to take classes with ‘easy-going’ professors or classes that do not clash with some of the classes they want to sign up for or labs et cetera. Juniors are the first to register for classes, followed by sophomores, and finally freshman. Most required general education classes fill up pretty fast and by the time freshman get to register, a few slots will still be open. And that’s when the struggle gets more real.

Personally, I have been dreading this day because it means I am advancing more and more into my field of study. To me, it never rains, it pours! Classes are getting harder, tougher, and more rigorous, that I almost wish I was back in high school or hope to wake up a day after my college graduation – degree in hand and a job/grad school place secured. I am more than aware that tonight my registration will be akin to signing a death sentence. However, I fully understand that college was never meant to be easy in the first place. This is where passion comes in. Whenever things are going tough and I seem not to be coping really well, I sometimes question if I am doing the right thing and am really a die-hard fan of this field of study. While I try to be as multi-disciplinary as possible, I find it hard to retain interest when my wits are being severely dulled by a subject and quitting often appears to be the solution. Then, I hate quitting.

Many college students also find it hard to cope sometimes. This is usually a result of demanding classes (imagine a 0 credit class with assignments on almost a two-day basis), rigorous classes (the ones that make you scratch your head until you finally get the point), work (imagine working 20 hours per week…more or almost the same time you spend in classes and in doing extra-curricula activities combined), and many other things that constitute a typical college kid’s life. As we advance to May and final exams, it never gets any better. Many clubs are doing activities and meetings, classes are more intense, summer plans are being made, next semester courses are being scheduled, attempts are being made at saving the GPA before the semester ends. We will make it to the finishing line but there are plenty of hurdles and hills to overcome. Today, I tried to list some of the essential things that I need to do or accomplish by the end of this week or the next. I filled a page. I got more stressed. I went to find my friends. They too were stressed and busy trying to survive through the day. I went to the chapel. I found my peace. Nonetheless, I cannot help but notice that the stress that I detest so much has awakened.

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