It is every man’s goal to seek for knowledge, experience and in the end to be successful. As such all of us will eventually go on a quest to fulfil our individual dreams and goals. Regardless of which chapters of our lives we currently add, it is melancholic if some of us choose not to be on such a quest. As of now, what is relevant to us is the chapter is being a varsity student. A person who seeks knowledge and wisdom in a tertiary institution. Now here we are in the most critical stage of our quest as it is the perfect time to challenge ourselves and put our abilities to test before we embark into the working world. This is where we transform our naïve, playful and ignorant self into someone more mature and wants to give back to the society we grew up in.
Every student’s main responsibility is, of course, to study hard and graduate with the respective certificates. But the thing that often students fail to realise or understand is that mere studying and later graduate with our honours is not all of it.
In MMU’s context, there is a minority of the students who indulge themselves in extra-curricular activities either by being part of clubs and societies or events. True enough the very idea of being part of these bodies may seem as an unnecessary burden and the common mindset is that it will take our focus away from our studies. For such thoughts, there are answers and justifications. As a considerably active person myself, I believe other active individuals around campus would agree with mostly what is going to be shared here.
Firstly, there is no denial that our attentions are divided between our studies and co-curricular activities. However so, it teaches one of the best lessons we can have in our quest, which is time management and stress management. We juggle between both responsibilities and try our best to divide our time for both matters. From this, we learn discipline i.e by obeying our respective schedule and priorities.
Besides that, we learn to work under pressure, as our deadlines of assignments are getting closer by the day with midterm examinations around the corner but we too have our chores and role to play in our clubs or events. Surely and most definitely we feel the stress, however, for those who can take it, we can fulfil and finish both academic and club/event responsibilities within that limited time.
How does this benefit us in any way?
The reality is, once we step into the working environment, we won’t be just focusing on one task but multiple and with a very limited time frame. For those who are used to such hectic situations, we are well equipped as we had our ‘training’ in college, though it may be different but our mental and physical strength together with stability will be ready for the challenge.
Isn’t that the whole purpose of a quest?
It is undeniable some individuals faced difficulties in balancing responsibility, some at the expense of their studies, one way or another. Despite that, isn’t that the whole purpose of a quest? To test ourselves in an environment away from our usual comfort zone, to do things we are not familiar with. In the end regardless of what is the end product, didn’t we learn something valuable?
Next, in such a quest, another vital thing those who are active will obtain would be our experience and network. These are the 2 rewards that make our life in university worth the money paid and the time we spent in college enjoyable. None of the 2 can be measured by monetary values, as we obtained and earned such experiences and networks through hard work, dedication and commitment.
Every person’s learning curve differs from one and another. The experience each person obtained is unique and valuable. The experience of dealing with different people and their personalities. To work efficiently with a team that is completely alien to us. To lead a team of individuals who are fresh and new, help them groom their potentials.
To inspire and to be inspired. Aren’t these experiences worth our time which can prepare ourselves better for the next chapter? Apart from what we learnt in lecture halls or in books? Lessons such as these cannot be taught but through 1st hand experience and practice. Network, all of us yearn to be successful. The more people we know, the wider our network will stretch.
The benefits are unpredictable but it is definitely worth the try as we will never know who will help us in the future. As for how we may envy how our parents happen to know several or many individuals holding different positions in different places. Let’s do the same.
Life is but a stage after all, give a good show!
It’s time, step up and make our journey better. Life is but a stage after all, give a good show!