Five-page papers, reflection essays, weekly reading assignments, presentations, club meetings, theater rehearsals, band practice, sports workouts…wondering where eating, sleeping, and breathing fit in? They don’t. It’s healthy to lead a busy life and be involved, but there are some boundaries when it comes to work and play. And let’s face it: college is tough. There are essays we’ll write at three in the morning, reading assignments we’ll skip, and things that just won’t get done. Time management isn’t second-nature – ever – and prioritizing is a hard mental effort. But hey, if you’re a goal-driven and career-bound student, you anticipate this hectic lifestyle and find ways to make life happen.
The college routine is familiar to the sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have experienced Manhattanville for many years and counting, but for the freshman, it’s an eye-opening change. Some of Manhattanville’s newbies have seized the extracurricular opportunities – academic and career-based – that our school has to offer, and claim busy lives even off the college campus.
Jason Bergman ‘18, the newly-elected Freshman Class President, holds two off-campus jobs and is a member of three Manhattanville clubs. “I have a couple gaps in my schedule and usually I find time to fit everything in, miraculously,” he commented. And even though he didn’t make his schedule for this first semester, Bergman said that he’s “taken really good classes that [he’s] enjoyed and is looking forward to taking more next semester.”
Nicole Van Der Linde ‘18 works in the Duchesne Center part-time, and said “I do think that Manhattanville is good with getting students jobs and internships.” While she likes her work, Van Der Linde says it’s time management, of course, that proves most challenging. “When you’re busy or wanting to attend RA programs…you want to get involved and be a good resident, but you have to sit down and write that three-page paper,” she notes. While these extracurricular activities create a sense of community within the residence halls and exist for our enjoyment, sometimes, one joins them without realizing the commitment.
With the personal challenges side, most can agree that the college life being the good life. There’s more time, more freedom, and simply, more fun. It’s an era where students take control of their own lives – from registering for classes to filing for a first internship – and create their own identities. Liz Sweeny ’18 said the college life is a different, but better change. Commuting from home doesn’t stop this freshman from being a part of college activities. “I am involved in the Art Club and Graffiti Literary Magazine…I have also come to Fall Fest and extracurricular Lectures. [Attending college] definitely feels normal now,” she said.
Spellman resident Asia-Morgohn Reid ’18 also praises the independent life she now leads. “I have so much authority as a college student. Not having the dean of students [from my high school] having to be on my back about going to class…it’s a great pre-cursor for life. In life, you’re on your own.”
Overall, there is no denying the sense of adventure that comes with being a college student, a free spirit out in the real-world. There is much to see, more to do, and even more to look forward to., especially for freshman students. And while they may appear awkward and clueless, there is no denying their abilities to take on the world and push towards the future