The Lyco Lowdown: An Insider's View of Life at Lycoming

Blink Once for Confused…

Posted by Hunter Swinehart on Dec 7, 2016 11:09:35 AM
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Perspective.

Per·spec·tive

Noun

  1. The art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
  2. A particular attitude toward, or way of regarding something; a point of view.

I’m sitting in my statistics class at Lycoming College, punching buttons on my calculator until it spits out the answer. I’m sitting in my psychology class listening to a lecture about school and the dropout rates; and learning about those who go on to college as opposed to those who don’t go for a degree. Why am I here? Why am I paying upwards of $50,000 a year to go to college? I could work in a factory, be a stay-at-home mom (dog mom that is), or a million other things. Hell, Rachel Ray didn’t go to college and she’s made a successful living. I can cook… hmm?

Liberal Arts Education at Lycoming College

I find I ask myself these questions all the time - in varying situations. When I’m stressing out studying for an exam: Why am I doing this? I can just quit and work at the movie theater for the rest of my life. Rushing to class with a coffee and a bag of chips (my lunch for the day), and then sitting in class, half asleep with my coffee in one hand and a pen in the other - furiously copying down the lecture notes I’m sure I won’t be able to read later: Do I need to be here? I could be getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night and eating healthy meals at normal times of day. I wouldn’t have to be worrying, every bit of what free time I have; there is certainly something I am forgetting -- I should have no free time.

Blink. The answer? Simple. I want to be here. It’s stressful and expensive, and my body will surely hate me in the future for the leftover Chinese fried rice I ate for breakfast this morning, but it’s worth it. Or..it will be. Eventually.

All joking aside; I’m happy to have the privilege to get a college education, and I really do want to be here. I even plan to go on to grad school after my four years at Lyco are completed. In my three semesters spent at Lyco so far, I have already learned and grown so much. For example, my first-year seminar class was titled Mathematics of Games and Gambling. So, even if all this doesn’t work out, I could always put that knowledge to use.

In times like these, when I’m caught up in the moment- frazzled, confused, and questioning life choices - I remind myself to re-examine things. Blink once for confused.  Blink twice. Take a step back, change your perspective… wait a minute, was that a squirrel with a cookie? Anyways. Life seems crazy now, but it will be worth it in the end.

Now... where did he get that cookie?

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