I recently wrote an editorial in the Index about the implications and the detriments that the College’s slogan “More in Four. More in a Lifetime.” imposes on the students. In the article, I mentioned how stressful it can be as a student to experience all that Kalamazoo College offers to us. The many opportunities we are presented with to engage with our community, the world, and our futures are all things that I would love to be able to devote more time to, but unfortunately, I have homework, I want to hang out with my friends, and sometimes I like to sleep.
Each year at the College brings a very different type of stress. First-years are transitioning from high school; they have to live with a stranger and use community bathrooms! Sophomores are declaring their majors and minors and concentrations (oh my!), and they are applying to study abroad. For the juniors, it’s a toss-up. Either you’re abroad or you’re not. For me, when I was studying abroad the thing that stressed me out the most was the lack of American-style coffee. Then junior spring: *queue the theme music from Psycho*. Senior year is synonymous with SIPs and finding a job after graduation or applying to grad school and learning how to give a good handshake when all you really want to do is snuggle in your bed and watch Netflix.
As a senior, I can confidently say that you will survive, but not without bumps in the road. What “More in Four” indicates to me is that we, as K students, love to take full advantage of the many opportunities that the College presents to us. However, we are willing to do so at the cost of our own health and sanity. Is it dedication? Is it part of the job description: full-time student? Did I really just pull an all-nighter? It’s all of that and more. And though we complain – a lot – at the end of the day we turn in our work and walk out of here a little tired, but definitely prepared for our lifetime ahead of us.