Full Definition of selfish
1 : concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself: seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others
This post is a reminder to be selfish.
Disclaimer: I think “without regard for others” is a little extreme – remember to love and respect your peers.
Four years is so short when compared to a lifetime. The average lifespan of an American in 2012 is 78 years. Four years is only 5 percent of the average lifetime!
However, the four years students spend at Boston University are often the most formative. College is where people learn their passions, develop their skills, make lifelong friends, and experience so many “firsts”.
Boston University is a raging sea of opportunities. It just simply seems impossible to take advantage of everything. Work, family, stress, and the inevitable need to get a job makes it so easy to say “I simply don’t have the time”.
Don’t have the time? Psst. Most of these opportunities will disappear and never be presented again. The few opportunities that remain, I promise you, will actually be impossible to take advantage of when you have a 9-5 job and a crying two-year old.
So let us be selfish during this “only 5 percent” period of our life. Let’s put our own “advantage, pleasure, or well-being” above everything else. Push all of your excuses and restrictions aside. Do everything possible to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way.
Here is my inconclusive list of opportunities to take while at BU.
- Run for that leadership position
- Study Abroad (twice if you want to)
- Do Alternative Spring Break
- Pick up that minor, and maybe the second one too
- Spend the Summer in Boston
- Switch your major if you hate yours
- Sign up for WTBU and BUTV10
- ….try to make your own show or be a producer
- Be a TA for a class you love
- Pick up a new hobby
- Sign up for a PDP or take a fitness class at FitRec
- Join another club
- Apply for that internship even though you don’t think you have time
- Take as much free stuff as possible
- Go out even though you are tired
- Take a trip outside the city
- Go to a Redsox game – I mean come on
- Stop worrying about spending too much money
- But, take advantage of student discounts…
- Go to all the museums in Boston
- Sign up for a graduate level course
- Take out a book (for pleasure) from the BU library
- Take out as much free equipment as possible from FPS
- Steal fruit/desserts from the dining hall