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Work Or Play This Winter Quarter?

Is it just me, or has this week gone by way too slow? As week 2 of my second winter quarter passes by, I feel as if the rapid speed of fall quarter has come to a halting stop. There’s a lot more time to stare blankly at the wall and contemplate your existence now, and I don’t mean that in a dark way at all, but in a “yay I have more time to waste time ” way. 


Nothing is better than having all the time in the world only to waste it, and so comes the power of procrastination. Now, learning from last winter quarter, don’t let all this time fool you because before you know it, the quarter ends and the spring quarter zooms on and another year has flown on by. It leads you to wonder how anyone is able to survive all this. 


Personally, I go the fun route and use this time to live and romp around as I please, but you see, you come to realize that the unbound potential your parents are always talking about goes to waste, and nobody wants that. Sometimes you get so caught up in the fun that you lose track of what’s really important and why you’re in college in the first place. 


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Everyone worries so much about missing out on all the fun while they’re young, that they’d do anything to be a part of it, but end up losing themselves in the process. People can have so much fun that they’re all play without all the work. I know this seems like the ramblings of a hypocritical writer who should practice what she preaches, but even I am still learning to find the balance between work and play. 

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How do you know when to say screw it, and just ditch that class to hang out with your friends instead? Or when to stop studying for a test and just chill out and take a bath? Will you remember how badly you did on a test or will you remember randomly taking the train with your friends to Disneyland instead of studying?  I came across a quote a while back, that I can vaguely recall at this moment, but it went something like this: yeah grades are important, but so are memories. 


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Although you have all this time to have fun now that things have slowed down, it’s all about finding the best balance between the things you love doing and the things you need to do. So next time you are faced with an opportunity to have fun instead of doing work, ask yourself, “are the memories worth it?” 


Angela Mayorga

UC Riverside '22

Brown, Proud, and Down. Chicana writer with a lot to say! Check out my insta for more @angelswritetoo
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