Claire: Remember to be Selfish

Full Definition of selfish

:  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.

  1. Run for that leadership position
  2. Study Abroad (twice if you want to)
  3. Do Alternative Spring Break
  4. Pick up that minor, and maybe the second one too
  5. Spend the Summer in Boston
  6. Switch your major if you hate yours
  7. Sign up for WTBU and BUTV10
  8. ….try to make your own show or be a producer
  9. Be a TA for a class you love
  10. Overload
  11. Pick up a new hobby
  12. Sign up for a PDP or take a fitness class at FitRec
  13. Join another club
  14. Apply for that internship even though you don’t think you have time
  15. Take as much free stuff as possible
  16. Go out even though you are tired
  17. Take a trip outside the city
  18. Go to a Redsox game – I mean come on
  19. Stop worrying about spending too much money
  20. But, take advantage of student discounts…
  21. Go to all the museums in Boston
  22. Sign up for a graduate level course
  23. Take out a book (for pleasure) from the BU library
  24. Take out as much free equipment as possible from FPS
  25. Steal fruit/desserts from the dining hall

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