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Journal Writing Project - Taking time for ourselves


By Kristina Mengis

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kristina Mengis

As our senior trip to Washington D.C. and graduation quickly approaches, it seems like there are so many things that need to be accomplished in a little amount of time. Every day it seems like I have a million more things to do, when really it’s just one or two. The speed that this year has passed is almost overwhelming. I’m sure this is true for everyone; we just all have different circumstances. We all always have something we need to do or somewhere to go. Our lives are constantly on the move.

This has taught me how valuable time is. I think back to all the times I have spent in the last couple years being “bored” or just not doing anything. I really wish I could have that time back right now when I have so much to accomplish. It also reminds me that this is just the beginning of being busy all the time. College will probably be even more overwhelming, especially during finals. After college, I will hopefully be busy with a job and family.

With so much going on, I’ve realized that it has been a long while since I’ve taken time to do any of my favorite hobbies. It’s good especially when you are stressed out about everything going on to slow down and take some time for yourself. I’ve learned this very valuable lesson because it has been especially important lately with making my decision for college. My hobbies have really affected what I want to major in at college, so having time to do them is really a great reminder that I am on the right path. I am planning to study Art Therapy next year at Knox College in Illinois. Art is my favorite hobby, but it has been pushed far from my mind with everything going on. It is nice because it has always been like a “therapy” to me, so I hope to help others with art as well.

Kristina Mengis is a senior at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fourteenth year.

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