When I was in high school, my mom told me to be involved, but not to over-extend myself. At the time, “over-extending” myself seemed pretty impossible. In addition to school and homework, I juggled rowing, being President of a charity organization at my high school, and being Treasurer of NHS. There were times when I was really busy, but never over-extended.
This year, I finally learned what my mom meant. College is intense - it’s certainly a lot more than high school ever was. Then, there’s rowing, which is a huge time commitment in itself. Fortunately, my doubles partner and I have decided to practice only 2-3 days per week, as opposed to the usual 5 days per week, plus regattas. And this year, I’m an RA (Resident Assistant) in one of the residence halls on campus. I love the job, but it is a lot. Aside from school, my RA position is my biggest commitment. I cannot let other things take precedence over it.
I was also in the running for Head Coxswain. To hold such a position meant the world to me. I was qualified and prepared to handle any coxing/rowing situations brought my way. I was finally going to have a voice on my team.
Then, I realized that it was too much.
I couldn’t be a dedicated student, RA, rower, and Head Coxswain all at once. I wanted to, but something had to give. On the morning of the election, I emailed our President and told him I couldn’t do it. It was in the best interest of the team (and of myself) that I not commit to too many things to which I could not give my full care and attention. Had I run and won the election, I would have either been a bad Head Cox, a bad RA, or a bad student, none of which I wanted.
I may never have the opportunity to be Head Coxswain again, but at least I am still able to be involved with the team as a rower. Besides, devoting myself to my studies and my RA job will be many times more rewarding than holding an exec position on my team.