Scheffler’s BU top five

Story by Kathy Scheffler

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Editor’s note: This is the last in a two-part column series about lessons Scheffler has learned in college.

5. Procrastination is not a bad habit, it’s a necessity.

I have spent four years with a constant feeling of guilt for not starting papers weeks in advance or not doing my reading until those short five minutes before class. I know I am not alone in this. We all do it. We all put things off to the last minute, and we also let people tell us this is a bad habit. If I had a nickel for every time I should be in the library instead of at the Mine, I could own the damn bar. Some of the best ideas and inventions didn’t come about because of careful planning. Do you think Benjamin Franklin planned to discover electricity? No, the dude was out flying a kite, probably procrastinating from doing something else. Did Sir Isaac Newton start his quest for gravity weeks in advanced? No, he was sitting under a tree, probably hungover. So remember, next time some fun hater tells you that you procrastination is a bad habit, turn off the lights and kick them in the shins.

4. Having a college degree doesn’t mean you know a damn thing about life.

I am graduating in 26 days and one hour. I will be graduating with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Spanish. I will leave Baker with a diploma, hopefully some cards with money and a car full of crap. I will be a college graduate who knows jack about life. I think we are very naive in thinking that having a college degree makes us experts on life. I’m not even very good at my major, let alone life. I don’t know how to lease a car, I don’t know how to raise children, I don’t know anything. I am heading into the real world with no ammunition and no clue. It’s not just me, even those who think they know a lot about life don’t. There are high school drop outs in our very own Baldwin City who know more about life than we do. We may be “experts” in mass communication, biology or political science, but we are, at best, amateurs at life. So remember, don’t let some piece of paper tell you that you are ready for the real world, cause I got a news flash for you – you aren’t.

3. A good beer and a great friend can get you through just about anything.

College is stressful. There is no doubt about it. You have to deal with school work, work, relationships, having fun, finding time to sleep, finding time to shower…the list is endless. More often than not, we let those stressors get the best of us. We spend countless hours crying on the phone, perusing Facebook, anything to keep our minds off our troubles. Well, I learned a little something this year. There are only two things you need to get you through anything – beer and friends (if you don’t drink beer, you better have enough friends to compensate for it). Sometimes there is nothing better than sitting out at the lake, putting back a pounder or six and complaining to your friends about your crazy ex-boyfriend or the girl who ripped your heart out. So remember, you will fail tests, your boyfriend may cheat on you, you may not shower for a week straight – but your friends and Bud, Miller and Natty will always be there for you, come rain or come shine.

2. Baker doesn’t suck.

Let me rephrase that, Baker does not suck all the time. Sure, things go wrong, it gets boring from time to time, yada yada yada. But it isn’t until you are a senior you realize, Baker isn’t that bad compared to what is ahead of you. Sure there’s the whole first job, marriage, baby stuff if that’s your cup of tea, but there’s also mortgages, student loan payments, health insurance, responsibility stuff. I would give anything to stay in college and not face the real world. So remember, next time you sit around and complain “there’s nothing to do at Baker,” drive your butt up to my apartment and pay my electric bill for me. Get over it.

1. If you do it right, you will leave Baker a better person than you came into it.

I came into Baker thinking I was something special. I was well-liked in high school, I had tons of friends, good grades. Well none of that mattered when I came to Baker. Nobody cares if you were homecoming queen in high school or the starting quarterback for your football team. You come to Baker and you get knocked off your pedestal real damn fast. You spend the next four years rebuilding yourself, only this time, it’s a new and improved version of the you who started here. You get a little wiser, a little fatter, a little more understanding. You realize that wearing high heels to class is a waste of time and drama is something that should be left to the soap opera stars. You learn you can have fun and get good grades. You learn the things you did your freshmen year are not things you should repeat. In other words, you grow up. You become the person you were really meant to be. So remember, your time here is precious, make of it what you want, but never regret it because before you know it, your time is up.