February 20 2016

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do By Madison Chajson

I start every morning the same way. A pen in hand, my planner in front of me, and my mind reminding me of all the things I want and need to do. I frantically write these things down, anything and everything that pops into my head. Even the stupidest things make it on my to-do list, only to satisfy my urge to use my fine point red pen to cross another thing off.
ASICS Americagiphy-2Everyone likes the feeling of accomplishment.  Productivity feels good. And at a school where everyone is a leader and the best, it’s hard not to strive to be better than best. But sometimes, even the people who do the most, can’t help but not know what to do.

I’m not talking about deciding what to do when you’re bored on a Thursday night, because all of your friends want to go out and you just aren’t feeling yourself. We all know the answer to that question is Netflix and Chill with your pillow pet and a bag of Skinny Pop. I’m talking about the college crises we are faced with every day. To some, these so called “crises” may seem unimportant, but I can assure you that to us, they feel very very real. So what do you do when you don’t know what to do? Here are the top three crises we college kids face every day.
1. Your parents ask you what you got on that Econ midterm that “everyone failed.”

giphy-3If you’re not tryna’ get into Ross (check this out to learn more about that), replace Econ with any really hard class you’re taking, because there’s bound to be one exam that everyone actually did poorly on. Let’s face it, every school is a “hard school,” and sometimes, and I mean only sometimes, we play harder than we work. And that’s okay, everyone makes mistakes. But take it from me. DON’T lie to your parents.

report cardYou can’t turn your B- into a B+ and sooner or later your parents are going to figure it out.   While you may have thought you were avoiding a fight, you were only losing their trust.

2. Rush.

giphyThere are few things more stressful than Sorority rush and I really can’t think of any off the top of my head. Now, thankfully rush is now over for me, but I will never forget the anxiety that accompanied my perfectly applied eyeliner and endless supply of breath mints stashed in my bag. Going into rush, I really didn’t know what to expect, but coming out of rush, I realized the best thing you can do is trust the process. Know that good vibes are mutual good vibes, and if a sorority doesn’t want you then you shouldn’t want them. Be yourself.

3. To go out, or to not go out. That is the question.

giphy-1Imagine this. It’s a Tuesday, the Skeeps line will moving fast tonight, and you have the perfect outfit already planned out as your mind wanders while trapped in your Poli-Sci letcture. Then, your professor decides to assign a paper. Due tomorrow. What do you do? Fomo (see below) is a real thing.  I know this, but I can promise you that there will always be more nights. Stay in. Write a kick-ass paper. Remember that school is so much fun, but only as long as you don’t fail out.







To us, these seem like the biggest problems in the world, and maybe, relatively speaking, they are. But, when really looked at, they are nothing compared to some of the tragedies that go on in the world around us every day. Know what to do when you don’t know what to do, but also keep in mind that so many people are dealing with things you wouldn’t dream of. So perhaps, tomorrow, when you make your to-do list, try writing something that will help others figure out what to do.

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