One of the greatest aspects of Mississippi College is the fact that you are given a myriad of opportunities to be involved. Numerous associations are just waiting for you to arrive and give your time and talents to them. While this is not a bad thing, I fell into the trap of spreading myself too thin when I began my career at MC. To me, this is what involved meant, and as a Freshman, I wanted to be involved (See my personal definition below), but now, I want to be invested.
During my first semester at MC, I was bombarded with flyers and emails for every club and organization on campus. All of them wanted me. Naturally, I tried to join as many of these as possible. I rushed a tribe, applied for CAB, interviewed for Scouts, and became an Orientation Leader. I attended Crush parties and formals and stayed up all night trying to get work done. All of this happened while I was taking honors classes and working an internship.
While I enjoyed everything I did, I was constantly rundown from sprinting to classes and meetings back to back. Even worse than being stuck in the trap of being busy, I wasn't passionate about all that I was doing, but something intervened into this lifestyle. Toward the end of my Freshman year, I was given the opportunity to study abroad in London, England for three months.
I was dying to go and have this experience, but I thought about letting this opportunity slip from my hands. As ashamed I am to admit this, I almost did not study abroad because of the fear that I would miss out on all that I was involved with on campus. The myth that I had to be involved to be a successful college student had overtaken my life. Thankfully, I realized that I had let the desire to be busy, to be involved, overtake my desire to have a rich life.
The busyness of my life suddenly stopped when I moved to London, England for a semester, and I realized what I truly valued in life. There were activities that I did not miss a bit while abroad, and when I returned, I decided to let my involvement with them end. Now I have the time to become invested in about what I am passionate. By sacrificing the title of "involved," I have gained a peace of mind by being invested.
Instead of being spread thin and exhausted, I find myself being constantly poured into and encouraged. When I was going through the motions of being involved, I wasn't making meaningful connections, but now, I find myself surrounded by like-minded people who are striving toward similar goals. What a blessing and joy it is to have community and to spend my time doing what I love. I want to encourage you to not become trapped by commitments. Feel free to say no to being "involved;" focus on being invested; find your passion.