Letters from the dorm: It's decision time ...

Letters from the dorm: It's decision time ...

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A visit to the British Museum has a soothing effect on the mind.
A visit to the British Museum has a soothing effect on the mind.

University is such a free place, it's important to remember why you chose to be there in the first place, and identify your priorities. No, I'm not trying to scare you, but it really is a bridge between school and going out into the "real world".

Before, I'd envisioned uni as the next phase in my education. But now, I'm halfway through my degree and meeting all sorts of people who have all sorts of opinions, and it's making me think.

For the past half semester, I've been juggling my academic work with applying for internships, choosing modules for next year, society activities, magazine editing, and more.

It can be stressful, but this experience has taught me two things: one, to prioritise, and two, not to lose myself in the midst of everything around me.

More than once since I started uni, I've found myself facing all sorts of probing questions. Is this what I want to do with my time here? Am I working hard enough? Am I being easily influenced by other people and not holding my own ground? Will I regret this decision?

This sounds like a self-help book, but for me these questions help me root myself in what I believe in and make choices I believe are right for me - whether it is taking up a position on a society committee, applying for an internship, or signing a petition.

So, I've learned to distinguish between my duties and wants. For example, on a practical level, right now, my priorities are to secure an internship for the summer, continue with my never-ending reading, keep in touch with my family, and catch up with the latest news.

I've also made a resolution to make the most of my time in London, write more, and spend more time in my favourite museums and art galleries.

Some days, when I feel as if I can't handle everything and start doubting myself, I find a visit to the British Museum or the National Gallery - all on my own - truly refreshing. Being in a museum or looking at art gives me time to be alone with my thoughts.

Sometimes taking a break, or pausing to think, is all that's needed to keep going.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
It's decision time ...

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