The end of the school year is just around the corner, and students wonder what could have been. Some have only recently discovered opportunities that might interest them, whereas others simply did not have the time.
“I wish I had enrolled in the swimming club. I didn’t know about it until now,” says freshman Sa’man Moursi.
“I wish I went to more sporting events; I didn’t have time, and they conflicted with my schedule, or, I guess, I didn’t have the motivation to go,” says junior Rachel Hernandez.
Many students would agree that getting involved is extremely rewarding. One such example is freshman Nick Pierce, who joined a fraternity, “It was a great way to meet new people and develop more skills.” Another first-year student, Reese Moore, says, “I loved intramurals; it kept me active, and I will for sure do it again.”
Though participating in activities, like student organizations and intramurals, has its benefits, sometimes students tend to overwork themselves. Setting the bar extremely high can make some activities less enjoyable and more strenuous. Junior Emmanuel Seyovm wishes that he didn’t work as much, saying, “It was very stressful and negatively impacted both my academics and my social life here at Stout.”
“I had three leadership positions; I did not have as much time to do what I hoped to accomplish. I grew immensely in my leadership, but I definitely would not take on three again. One at time from here on out,” says senior Elizabeth Bronk.
Sarah Studley, a senior, says, “I would have accomplished more with my leadership positions in student orgs, but school work and life got in the way.” She adds, “I would do everything again, yet try to find ways to not be so busy and stressed out.”
Students also refrain from trying activities out because they believe their workload is too heavy. Brenna Kempen, a freshman, says “I wished I joined a club or intramural sport. I didn’t think I had a lot of free time.”
As the year comes to a close, many students wish they had tried getting involved more on campus. It’s disappointing when you realize an opportunity was missed, but that’s something we can all learn from. Seize the day while you can, because graduation comes before you realize it.