Sports are almost in full swing. The NFL regular season is already a quarter of the way done, the MLB postseason is about to start, and two weeks from now the NBA season will begin. Even without being a college sports fan, this is enough reason for me to love October. But unfortunately, each time we get to this time of year, I can’t help but think of this one simple fact: right now there are sports teams planning more for their next game than many people do for their entire lives. That’s a travesty.
“Well to be honest, where you go to school doesn’t really matter if you put in your best effort. In college, you get out what you put in.”
Last year was my senior year of high school. And as I explored my college options, this is the answer I’d receive from most every professor at Crown College (an excellent school where I truly discovered my passions and capabilities during my junior and senior years of high school) when I asked them about either staying or moving elsewhere to continue my education. At that point, I felt like I understood what they were trying to explain to me, and I took it to heart. But now, enrolled in The King’s College in New York City, I’m reminded of their words almost daily.
Do What You Can – A Call To Act
America is a wreck right now, even more so than usual. The country is falling, divided because the President’s tweets and actions cause us to take sides on things that shouldn’t be an issue. These times are trying, and when looking about ourselves it is hard to be optimistic. Instead, we often cast blame and voice our irritation at the chaos that permeates the country. But perhaps the dismal state of our nation can’t be attributed to Trump’s flamboyant tweets, Collin Kaepernick’s anthem protest, or anything else of the sort. Perhaps the problem is deeper than that. Along these lines, allow me to ask you a question:
Though it often gets overlooked, there isn’t any way around it; time management is key. As you grow older and get more involved in various activities, there will always be something vying for your time. And if you aren’t able to manage your time well (or flat out say “no” to various activities/invitations), you’re going to run out of steam pretty fast.
You are going to die. At some point, you are going to leave the land of the living and join the buried at the graveyard. Death is an inevitable part of the human life, and sooner or later we will all experience it. The precious time we have to live a meaningful life is fleeting away second by second, and the best thing we can do with our time here is to achieve that which we can, while we can. And to do that, you need to determine what exactly it is that you want to achieve while you’re still breathing. After all, it’s hard to reach a destination you can’t name.
This post will be short and to the point because I’m going to need to focus my attention elsewhere pretty soon. I’ve actually been looking at and trying to hone my focus the past few weeks, and I recommend that you (regardless of whether you’re a student or not) do the same.
Entrepreneur, student, professional athlete, lawyer, doctor, district manager; in today’s society, there are plenty of titles people have and others seek to attain, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. In fact, wanting to be an entrepreneur, a lawyer, etc., is a very commendable thing that most everyone can appreciate. But, as is often the case in our American society, there’s a problem. That problem is when people simply want the title but none of the responsibility that comes along with it.
How will you be remembered? When it’s all said and done, what are the things people will remember about you? What will your legacy be? What do you want your legacy to be?
No, the picture of the both nutritious and delicious food is not taken from the internet somewhere. That’s a picture of what I made myself for dinner last night.
What? JP can cook? Heck yeah, I know how to cook…or at least survive (though you can call me Chef Jean Paul…but say it with a French accent…everything sounds better in French). Surviving is something I’ve learned to do both in and out of the kitchen. And it’s something that’s quickly come in handy my second week of college.
Between our parents, the media, friends, and more, we’ve had the knowledge beaten into our brain. We’ve been told to be who we are and to be proud of what makes us different. Yet despite receiving this lesson time and time again, it appears as though many people would rather fit in than stand out.
Personally, I find great fault with this. But instead of repeating the lesson we know by heart, I’m going to tell you one ironic fact: everybody