Stop and Smell the Roses

By Jacob Just

I think it would be an understatement to say that I am a busy person—always have been and probably always will be.

In high school, you would see me running all around the small town of Morris, Minnesota. Going from one meeting to another. From one job to another. School fit in there somewhere. When I started my first semester at UJ, I promised myself that I would calm down on the number of extra-curriculars and jobs I would take on.I think my promise lasted one week.

Today, you can find me helping at some sort of JAB event, writing an article or two for The Collegian, or screaming about Parliamentary Procedure in Student Senate. While this is what I may be involved in, each member of the Jimmie family has a unique way of being busy. Heck, one of the unofficial pillars of being a Jimmie is getting involved. As collegegoers, we know full well the strenuous time commitments involved with being a full-time student.

When we get involved in various activities and attend college, we utilize the skills and experiences gained to give us further opportunities down the road. We constantly work to ensure that we excel in sports, class, and extracurriculars. Jimmies are always laser-focused on the road ahead with sights on succeeding.While it is important to keep your eyes on the prize, remember to take a step back and enjoy the journey.

At UJ, we pride ourselves on the Journey to Success. A journey involves numerous twists and turns, ups and downs. But the point of the journey is not to quickly get from point A to point B. In life, your journey from point A to point B is going to have multiple layovers, delays, and cancellations. After that, you still have 24 letters of the alphabet left.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of things at UJ and in life. You have to go to practice; then, you have a class, lab, and a couple of papers to write. In the rush of it all, take time to reflect and look at where you’re at. Take it all in. Seniors and alumni will tell you that your time at UJ will go by so fast. They wouldn’t tell you that if it wasn’t true. This could be said about life in general.

Enjoy the ride, and never forget to stop and smell the roses.

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