As a general rule of thumb, every semester of college is busier than the last. Responsibilities, obligations, jobs, homework and activities grow until, by junior and senior year, finding time to take a deep breath seems unlikely. And every time you seem to get caught up on your work for a moment, the grown-up voice in the back of your head whispers (or, more likely, shouts), “Now, what are you going to do after you graduate?”
Enter the rapidly increasing sense of panic.
You only have to glance at my planner to know I’m feeling it. Three part-time jobs, five classes worth of homework and projects (not to mention classes themselves), five organizations that meet regularly, the internship hunt, friends, family, keeping up with life’s responsibilities, and running a newspaper that needs hours of my time every day. Sound a little like your life? I figured. College students everywhere have a lot on their plates.
But one of the great things about being a college student at Waynesburg University is that my fellow students are some of the most special people I will ever have the joy of meeting. The more time I spend with them, the more I realize I couldn’t make it through one day without them. Here’s why:
1. Waynesburg isn’t just a campus – it’s a community.
With such a small student body, I know upwards of half the people I pass on the sidewalk every day. And I even have a kinship with the ones I don’t know. Something as simple as having a door held open for me (there’s a lot of that around here) reminds me that we’re all going through this college experience together, and there’s support around every corner.
2. This is where you find your people.
It’s one thing to find a close group of friends (also an easy task at WU), but it’s a whole other thing to find your people. I’m lucky enough to have two sets of people: my roommates, three girls whose personalities click so perfectly with mine that it seems too good to be true, and my staff at the Yellow Jacket newspaper, who have truly become a family. Together, all of my people make my days infinitely brighter, pick me up every time I fall and remind me why I’m here at Waynesburg. They’re my friends, sure, but it’s more than that – they’re the very foundation of the life I’m building in college.
It’s the Waynesburg culture that will allow you to find groups like mine that light your path and make it possible for you to have the best college experience imaginable.
3. Everyone’s busy – which is why we all take the time to help each other out.
I know that doesn’t seem to make much sense, but somehow, it’s the reality on our campus. Maybe it’s the fact that we all know how it feels, or that we sometimes seek an escape from our own responsibilities. Either way, you’re never alone when you’re stuck in the middle of a hectic day or week. There is always someone willing to lighten the load. And in my case, my friends have only to look at my face to know when I’m overwhelmed, and they come to the rescue without me saying a word.
4. These students are unlike any others.
Every college and university boasts this about their students – but at Waynesburg, it’s the real deal. This statement is the culmination of all of the points above. You’d be hard-pressed to find a campus more filled with empathy, love and community, and the students prove it every day. When a 20-something thinks to text me and let me know the sidewalk he knows I’ll be walking on is icy, when finding encouraging notes on my desk becomes a regular occurrence, when my cell phone is flooded with ‘good luck’ messages on the day everyone knows I have a big interview – those are the moments I know for sure why I was called here: the people.
There are so many wonderful things about Waynesburg University, but in my opinion, my fellow students are by far the best. My friends and classmates really are something special, and I’m grateful beyond words to have them in my life. No matter how much college-induced stress comes crashing down on me, I know I’ll always find my way back to the top thanks to my Waynesburg family.