What I Expect Going Into Senior Year

This is a featured post by Daniel Cook. Daniel is a senior in the college and a co-author of On Common Grounds (which can conveniently be bought online here). He is also a founding member of the Fun Team and tweets at @DCook_01.

This is a featured post by Daniel Cook. Daniel is a senior in the college and a co-author of On Common Grounds (which can conveniently be bought online here). He is also a founding member of the Fun Team and tweets at @DCook_01.

Here’s what my senior year is looking like: two 14-credit semesters and a 10-12 hour per week part-time job on campus. Pretty simple, but then there’s the whole graduating thing… No, I’m not crying, I just have… allergies, and something probably just flew into my eye.

I expect to deal with three things this year: Discipline, Uncertainty, and Rest. I call it the enDURRRance equation (extra R’s to emphasize the rest). Also, shout out to DURham, North Carolina.

By discipline I mean adhering to a schedule and making decisions consistent with my personal goals. If I want to get and stay in shape, I’ll have to get enough sleep, work out, and eat right. I’ll need to use smart time management skills throughout the day. For instance, I want to be productive but not an all-night grind (like I was my first 2 ½ years here) so I’ll have to get my most important work done earlier in the day when my energy is higher. Yet, I have to be realistic. I know that stuff is going to pop up and try to disrupt my rhythm. So when that happens I’ll make sure to listen to rap songs in order to turn all the way up and get back on rhythm.

I expect to deal with uncertainty because I’ve learned that it’s inevitable. But instead of feeling insecure about it, I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to make the most of it. So I’ll be hitting up the Cawley Career Center quite a bit this year. Maybe every day. Maybe twice a day. Maybe even religiously – like 5 times a day, and on Christmas and New Year’s. But still, it’s unlikely that I’ll know what I’ll be doing after graduation before second semester-ish, and even then I won’t know exactly what life will be like. So I’m just going to keep Jeremiah 29:11 in mind: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (NLT)

It’s taken me all three years as an undergraduate to learn the value of rest and leisure. Last semester I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, and took a break from the busyness of the Hilltop. Though I did miss Georgetown (except the weather and the people – just kidding about the people), I found the general routine and lifestyle in Seville less stressful, which helped me to take steps to live a healthier and well-balanced life overall. So this year I plan on making my social life a priority, and finding a regular escape. I’ll most likely go browse bookstores and frolic in some daffodils like a true gangster would. And I know that seeking help when I need it often makes all the difference between stress and collectedness, so I’ll be hitting up my peeps and mentors this year too. Peeps and mentors, you have been officially warned.