Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thoughts of a College Student



Hello readers, I do apologise as it has been a rather long time since I have last written on the blog. It has been 6 weeks since I have started college (a month and a half!) and I'd thought I'll dash off some thoughts here just to give you a feel of what I am going through.

College is certainly a brand new experience. Everything seems much faster; time, expectations and comprehension of what is being taught. Amidst this manic rush and overloading, it is interesting that I feel a sense of liberation. Freedom and independence can be exciting and scary at the same time. While I am free to do whatever I want and take whatever subject that interests me, it does beg the scary question of what do you want to do with your life? That is certainly a loaded question because it not only forces you to make a choice, it also signifies all the responsibilities that growing into adulthood brings.

Aside from all the excitement and pressures of college, I can't help but compare myself to what others have accomplished when they were my age. The Inklings were discussing original compositions of what became some of the greatest books of literature, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson were busy writing comedy sketches as members of Footlights ; the birthing stages of what became Fry and Laurie, and if I could not feel any smaller, Alexander the Great was already a force to be reckoned with when he was my age. 

By comparison, the various students groups in NUS really pale in comparison. Do not get me wrong, I totally admire all the leaders of the various groups because having to run a society in University is a no mean feat. But what are we lacking that the Inklings and Footlights did not? Are we not creative enough? The thing is, we are ten thousand times more exposed to influences all over the world than the Inklings and Footlights (during the time of Laurie, Fry and Thompson) combined. So what is it that is stopping us from creating something of that calibre?

It is interesting to note that while grades are important, what people remember of the Inklings and Footlights are certainly not what GPA/CAP (whichever way you call it) those luminaries got...

I guess it's time to start on that 1000 word essay.  

2 comments:

  1. 'Aside from all the excitement and pressures of college, I can't help but compare myself to what others have accomplished when they were my age... By comparison, the various students groups in NUS really pale in comparison... But what are we lacking that the Inklings and Footlights did not? Are we not creative enough? The thing is, we are ten thousand times more exposed to influences all over the world than the Inklings and Footlights (during the time of Laurie, Fry and Thompson) combined. So what is it that is stopping us from creating something of that calibre?'

    Thing is, there's this curious little phenomenon known as delayed adulthood or extended adolescence, which allows children to indulge in a period of unburdened privileged (touted as teenagehood) before having to be dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood. Even as little as 100 years ago, people were considered grown ups by 15 or so and expected to start acting like an adult.

    With all these unnecessary trappings of teenagehood come the inevitable delay of output, whether creative or industrious, so don't be too harsh on yourself as it's only fair to add a dozen or so years to the Inklings' or Footlights' age before you start keeping an account of your accomplishments.

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  2. Hello Jules. Thank you for your encouragement. Will certainly bear that in mind though it'll still nag at me from time to time whenever I find myself not doing anything productive.

    But thank you for taking the time to read my post! I'll definitely update it frequently once my exams are over.

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