Time to be an Adult

Remember those times when you could turn to your parents for
answers to everything, they scheduled appointments for you, and they could tell
you when you had to do certain things? Basically, they were able to schedule
all of the things that you didn’t want to do yourself. Whelp, that time is
over. It’s sad to say that we now have to be adults and actually take
responsibility since we’re not at home anymore.

This hasn’t been more evident than this semester. I’ve
really had to take control of my life this semester and I know that my
responsibility level will only increase. Independence certainly has its ups and
downs; you can do whatever you want, but at the same time you have to make the
correct decisions or else you face the consequences… it’s all on you. This
semester has been one of the most difficult academic terms of my life and
sometimes I just want someone to make decisions for me, but that’s just not
going to happen.

For instance, in my Writing in Exercise Science course, I had
to make a 4-year plan for all of the courses I have to take in order to
graduate with my Exercise Science major as well as make sure that all of the
courses I take fulfill requirements for graduate school. I forgot to mention
that I had to look up all of the schools I want to apply to and see which
classes I need to take as well as what Hope requires. Also, this 4-year plan
requires that I write down the specific section and time I am going to be
taking my classes. Let’s just say that filling that plan out was overwhelming
and defeating as well. Holy cow! I didn’t know how many classes I needed to fit
in these next two years as well as taking May terms and finding an internship!

In addition to that, I have to submit my resume to the Career
Development Center
at Hope, which is scary because I’ll be using that on future job
interviews. Just knowing that my resume is almost complete just means that I’m
growing up and getting ready to go out into the cruel world. Finally, with this
heavy workload, I have to now sacrifice time with friends and doing fun things
on the weekend. I now do homework the entire weekend, which is a huge bummer
because all I want to do is go sledding, watch a movie and have some hot
chocolate. There honestly is not any time to procrastinate at all because assignments just pile up to a ridiculous pile of stress and time-commitments. Since we have a break coming up in a little bit, hopefully it will
be a time of relaxation for the stress going on this semester. Well, that’s it
for now, but I’ll post a new blog next week!

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Published by Leslie Kempers

Hey Everyone! My name is Leslie Kempers and I am from Santa Ana, California. I am a Senior this year and am majoring in Exercise Science so after my time here at Hope, I will be pursuing a career in physical therapy! I have previously been involved with Nykerk and CASA and am excited to see what this year has in store for me. This place has become my second home and I have cherished every moment here at Hope College. Go Dutchmen!!!