Well, first of all, welcome back to all the Monashians, whether you are in your second year, third year, fourth year, you are in for a…I wouldn’t say treat, because I don’t know about you, but I already feel like dropping out and it’s only the second week. But well, we gotta do what we gotta do, right? And that’s getting a degree so we can go out in the world and survive.

And secondly, a very warm welcome to all the first years! [evil laughter] I can’t wait to see y’all cry and complain, especially to those of you who came here with high hopes of having a fulfilled life as a university student. Because before you know it, you’ll be swamped with so many assignments and expectations that you wouldn’t even understand the concept of having a life.

I usually write about certain movies or television shows, or the conventions about these mediums. However, today, I’m going to veer away from that topic, and well, talk about what it’s like to have a life get in the way of life.

If you are, like me, someone whose usual activities revolve around ice-cream, snacks, and watching something on your laptop or television screen, you will know what I’m talking about. You will know what it’s like to not have time to catch up on the latest episode of Wynonna Earp, or to watch the latest DC movie (Wonder Woman, am I right?), because college is just chasing you down with a broom and you do not have time to dive into the bush to even have some time for yourself.

Yes, it can be annoying.

Yes, it can be aggravating.

Yes, it can make you feel like there is no point anymore.

But here’s the thing, TV shows, movies, books, and comic books etc., they will always be there. You can always catch up on them in one fell swoop over a one-week break. It can be incredibly satisfying to spend your summer break – which lasts for three months – finishing a number of TV shows that you haven’t been able to watch over the academic period.

However, one semester is one semester. And if you fail one, you’re gonna have to wait for at least half a year to retake it. And that’s going to take up another twelve weeks of your life that you’re not going to get back. Also, think about the fees. Don’t waste an extra RM10,000++ just because you feel like your time is better spent obsessing over Meredith Grey’s latest drama.

It’s not to say that you can’t watch anything over the next eleven weeks – can you believe? It’s already going to be eleven weeks rather twelve – because I think I might die if I don’t get to watch at least two episodes of something in a week. Rather, it is wiser to understand your priorities, and the degree at the end of the line, like it or not, has to be more important than finding out if Daenerys Targaryen will be able to rule the seven kingdoms, or die.

So, get your butts going, and study.

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