When Feeling Overwhelmed is a Good Thing

There are about three weeks of regular classes to go in the semester. The paper assignments are starting to pile up. This is the time when, academically, everything in the semester starts getting busy but also awesome. Towards the end of the semester, I always start to see tons of new connections among the material that I’ve been learning about all semester.

In addition to the plethora of assignments, this is also an interesting time for students socially. My friends and I have all recently finalized our summer internship plans. I talked to my internship advisor today, and while I am incredibly excited about my internship (I will be doing research with a professor in the Yale English department), forming these plans has also caused me to realize that I should value and maximize the time that I have left here at Colby.

Fortunately, Colby has made this goal very easy for me to fulfill. The college has organized tons of fun events as of late. It’s Pride Week right now, for instance, and last weekend was Spring Weekend. There is always a fun concert on Spring Weekend. Last year Wiz Khalifa came. This year it was J Cole. Another thing that I like about this time of year is that visitors to campus are frequent, which makes the social atmosphere very pleasant in my view. I am personally a big fan of Admitted Students days, just because seeing all the prospective students tour the campus takes me down memory lane; it reminds me of how much fun I had when I visited Colby for a few days as a pre-frosh. To top it all off, over the past few days, it has been consistently in the 70s here on campus. This weather, combined with all of the other very exciting things that have been going on around campus recently, makes me feel a very positive kind of overwhelmed.

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