Breaking free

By Jacob Peller, Opinions Editor

Published in print Dec 3, 2014.

With finals in our midst, we must work harder than ever to do well in school.

But I’m not here to talk about finals, my issue comes from what I’ve observed and the things I’ve heard pertaining to how everybody else feels about changes in our individual schedules.

Phrases like, “I’m not used to this,” and “This doesn’t work with my schedule” have gotten me to think about a very curious question: When did we stop trying new things?

Of course, this doesn’t apply to everybody all the time. 

In fact, more often than not we tend to fall into a repetitious pattern in our day to day lifestyles. We get up, eat meals, go to class, study and then go to bed.

While this is just a bare-bone example of our daily activates, it does show the monotony the school puts us through. As students, we need to adhere to the school’s best times for certain classes and lectures even if it doesn’t meet our needs.

I’m sorry, but anyone with a choice of class times wouldn’t choose 8:00 a.m. for a math class.

No one’s brain is awake that early.

While I find it interesting that students, the majority of persons on campus, can’t argue with when and where certain classes should be offered.

But, for the sake of argument, I am willing to look past that and say that even the scheduled classes aren’t to blame for this monotony I witness all too often.

Like most students on campus, I eat at the cafeteria.

Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I have a, shall we say, not too agreeable view on how the cafeteria is run.

Regardless, I need to eat, so I do still make the time between classes to eat.

Those who know me would say that since I came to UNCG, my choice of food has always been pizza. It’s hard to turn away from an endless buffet style pizza station and much to my chagrin, I ate there for what feels like years longer than I should have.

Recently I decided to make a change, not just with my eating but also with all of my choices.

I was tired of walking the same path and thinking the same thoughts. I decided that from now on I am going to challenge myself to try new things.

As common of a resolution as this is, it has done wonders for me.

I have walked around parts of campus that I have never seen in my four years of attendance.  And while I admittedly still eat pizza, I also try things from other stations, healthier things that while, not always the best tasting, I have never regretted trying.

It gave me a much more positive look on life. Which brings me back to the question: when did we stop trying new things?

The people around me are wonderful in their own ways. They’re smart, funny, true friends.

But there are plenty of things they do so often that I feel they don’t want to, or perhaps don’t know how to break.

I’ve eaten with people that always get the same food; I don’t blame them, the cafeteria has very few options.

Yet, when you don’t take the time to look at something new and try it, then you’re not breaking out of your habits.

The same goes for something as simple as walking to class.  We often walk the same path every day and rarely get to experience the feeling of being in a different environment. I understand that you may have another class in ten minutes, but you will at some point be done with class and walking back to your dorm, or to the cafeteria, or to your car, anywhere really.

All I ask is that you take the time to experience something new.  So next time you’re walking out of the Petty building, take a right out of monotony.

To wrap up, I would just like to say that I have had a blast writing for the paper. I hope some of you got a chuckle or a meaningful nod out of reading my articles. Coming back from the break, everything will be new for a while and I’m thankful for that.

I’m especially thankful that starting this next semester I will have the privilege and opportunity to become the Opinions Editor for The Carolinian. I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday break and a good new year, I look forward to trying new things alongside everyone!

Categories: jacob peller, Opinions

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