In high school I couldn’t study with a group of people because I would always get distracted. I’ve found in college that it’s the exact opposite. If I try studying by myself now I feel lonely, like I’m the only one in the world doing homework. Where in high school when I would study with a group of people I felt like I was the only one in the world not socializing when I tried to study.
But now here, I find that when I study with a group of people we socialize for a brief amount of time then one of us realizes that we need to study and we all hit the books. We’ll all be sitting at the table in complete silence doing homework, and I’ll just look around and feel like I’m not the only one that is buried in a mountain of reading–because I’ll see my friends around me doing the same thing. Then after an hour or so somebody will need a break and bust out some Michael Buble on their laptop and we’ll all take a study break. We’ll talk about our plans for the weekend, or talk about how amazing our tennis team did today at the ITA Regional Tournament! That way we stay awake, get some talking out of our system and then get back to work.
The nice thing about studying with a group of people here is that we all understand that we have to get our work done no matter what. Where in high school, I had friends that cared about homework a lot and friends that couldn’t have cared less. And when you put that together in a group, it was always a battle trying to focus while some people were trying to and others were socializing non-stop. Here, the socialization comes in bursts. Obviously we socialize, we have to, we’re college students! But our number one concern is our studies, and that’s what unites us around that table along the window paneled wall of the Penrose Library late in the evening. When we’re burning the midnight oil and It’s time get that essay done (like I’m doing right now!), or cram for that exam the next day (like my roommate is to my left!)–I’ll be studying with my friends knowing that they are working hard too, and if I need motivation I just have to turn to my left or right and see that it’s all going to be okay, cause I’m not the only one awake. And instead of dreading what I’m doing, I can simply look forward to our next study break as I keep trucking along doing my homework.
Michael Buble’s I just haven’t met you yet is over, so I should probably get back to work now. But feel free to listen to it and feel happy!