By Kaitlyn Wislang
"Every day may not be good . . . but there's something good in every day."
Alice Morse Earle
University is tough. However, I feel as though I have gone on and on about that an awful lot recently, which is actually unfair towards uni. There are actually plenty of wonderful things going on too, but it is easy for these to be overshadowed by everything else happening. This is why it’s important to talk about all the bad things, and the good things too! It reminds our brains that not everything has hit the fan just yet, and that there are still sunshiney things out there. We just have to adjust where we are looking sometimes.
To start off with, the journey to and from uni is pretty wonderful. Feeling the cool winter air in the early morning is one of my favourite things, as well as seeing the perfect lawn of dew masking all the gardens. Getting to wear cosy scarves and jumpers, and looking out the bus window watching the world go by outside. You can even be all dramatic and pretend you are in a music video, staring deeply out the window. You get to people watch, read books, listen to podcasts, and who knows, you might even meet a cool stranger. And if Wellington’s recent announcement of pets being allowed on their public transport isn’t exciting enough, who knows when Auckland might follow suit!
The studying part of uni is also pretty cool. Heading to the library, grabbing a few textbooks that relate to a course and going through each of them in conjunction with lecture notes is such a good feeling, even though it’s old school, and who knows if lecturers recommend it or not (if it’s not peer reviewed then should the text even exist?!). Maybe it’s actually the half decent notes that result which make this such a good time, or the whole studying in the library and feeling super productive as a result part, but either way, yes! Bonus good feels are added when it’s pouring with rain outside, and you are feeling all warm and safe, studying inside, listening to good tunes, and having winter bellow just metres away.
Something else which quite possibly beats all other Good Things on the uni front is the satisfaction and feeling of productivity, of accomplishing your goals. And oh my lanta, I feel like achieving goals isn’t a wide enough talked about subject. It’s like we are afraid to be seen as bragging or that we aren’t good enough or whatever. But anyway, shame to that I say! Set out small goals, and go out and get them done! And celebrate doing that! Crossing things off a todo list is also a fabulous way to feel in control of your life, and to get you to where you want to be.
All the good things! So many good things! Also sorry for this late warning about all the Parks and Rec gifs . . . can you blame me though? They seem to be appropriate for any situation.
"I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but according to statistics, there will be over 5,000 weddings, 10,000 childbirths, and 42 million hugs occurring today throughout the United States. Also today, there will be at least 4 people that will win the multimillion dollar lotteries, 600 people will get promotions at work, and 3,000 people will lose their virginity. There will also be 600 dogs adopted, 35,000 balloons sold, and 800,000 skittles eaten. Plus, the words “I love you” will be said over 9 million times. So again, I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck, but just smile, because according to statistics, it should actually be a really nice day."
Beyond our little bubble which is uni (though it feels massive and overwhelming and like it’s everything, I know), is the comforting fact that uni actually isn’t everything. There is a whole world outside of uni, and there is a whole life to live beyond this season that we are currently in. One day we will graduate, and after that there will be different tough things and different good things, more than we can even imagine right now. Just think, there are awesome songs to discover that you haven’t heard yet, there are movies to laugh and cry to, there are friends and lovers to meet, there are desserts to try, there are so, so many dogs to pat, and there are all those moments, regardless of how small they are, where you just know, this is exactly where you are supposed to be. And you are intrinsically at peace.