For college students, this time of their lives is filled with tests, work, school projects, and long nights.
I should know—I’m one of them.
The start of my day is getting up, checking to make sure I have my homework done, eating breakfast and getting dressed.
I am also running at five hundred miles per hour with a burrito in one hand and my hoodie in the other. It occurred to me when I looked at the sky and I wished I could take a photo but I didn’t have time to stop.
As soon as that thought popped into my head, I realized I was moving through life far too fast.
Too often, I find myself wishing this part of my life to be over. I keep pushing myself to go through everyday as quickly as I can.
But I am missing out on memories with friends and family. The late night Wal-Mart runs where I swear we are going to get thrown out because we are chasing each other with Minecraft swords; the long nights of staring at homework and chugging down caffeine drinks; and pulling my hair out as a project will not behave the way I want to go.
Too often I find myself stressed out and running to classes. There are days where I sit back and ask myself what did I do today and all I can think of is homework and classes.
College is only a short but critical time in my life. I should study and make sure I am taking the time to do a good job on my homework. I should attend class and prepare for tests. Yet, through all of this, I want to leave college with close friends and fond memories of this time.
I don’t want to be ten years down the road and not have any memories of being outside of class.
So take a moment—smell the roses.
Stop and look at the sky.
Your mark on life is not just your achievements—it is who will remember you when you pass by.