Wake up kiddos! You can’t do everything all the time. Throughout life, you will have to set your priorities and make choices. In fact, it’s a critical skill required to be successful in your future career, which I’m assuming is the reason you are supposedly attending the university.
This is a lesson that students at Brown University appear to be failing. According to CampusReform:
Student activists at Brown University are complaining of emotional stress and poor grades after months of protesting, and blame the school for insisting that they complete their coursework.
“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes, and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on,” an undergraduate student going by the pseudonym “David” told The Brown Daily Herald Thursday. “My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. Counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay.”
Other students expressed similar frustration with the university’s expectation that they keep up with their schoolwork during the protests, saying that some professors refused to grant extensions on homework and tests.
I actually had to work 3 jobs while I was in college just to make ends meet to have food on my table and pay rent. I can’t remember ever asking a professor to extend a deadline for me. I DO remember staying up all night, sometimes for 2 days, trying to get things done. And I remember sleeping in the library because I couldn’t stay awake any longer! My grades often suffered. But my priorities were set… roof over my head, food to sustain me, and get that college degree!
Activism and parties are optional. And they’ll be hard to do if you don’t keep up with your studies, because you won’t be attending the university anymore!
Set your priorities, adjust along the way, and do what you have to do to meet your goals. No one said it would be easy. No one said you’d get to do everything you wanted to do. Welcome to adulthood!
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