Searching for Sleep

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By: Richard Leeds –

As I sit down to write this column, it is 1:37 a.m. The article is due the this evening by 5 p.m. “But, Richard,” I’m sure you’re saying. “Why don’t you just write it in the morning after you get a little sleep?” You may also be asking, “Surely you could have started this column before now, Richard? Even if you were failing at keeping your head above the proverbial water all day, there must have been some time to start before now.” And I would reply, “Well, you have a point.” I would then offer a rebuttal that would make your head spin…

I would start by admitting that I did sleep in today. I did not wake up until 8 a.m. I then ate breakfast, showered, and finished what homework I had left before going to my 10 a.m. class. I then went to class until noon, had a quick lunch, and then went to the rest of my classes for the day. After those classes I went to what I refer to as my second job, building scenery in the theatre shop. After I had finished my tasks there for the day, I had a quick dinner and went to rehearsal for the fall play. After that I went home and finally had time to quickly churn out some homework, write a lesson plan for my third job, and then start this column for my fourth job at the Summit.

That only covers today, though. Surely there must be time tomorrow morning to finish writing this column. The only problem is that at 5 a.m. I will be clocking into what I call my first job and staying there until 9. That will give me just enough time to eat, shower, and drive to campus for my 10 a.m. class tomorrow. I will go to classes and work on homework, with a quick break for lunch, which brings us to my 5 p.m. deadline. As for tomorrow? Wash, rinse, and repeat. Feeling dizzy yet?

While this may sound like a workload fit for a team of oxen, for the average student at Rocky Mountain College this seems to be normal. As we know, the student body is not exactly large, and yet there are numerous clubs and organizations all over campus. From Minecraft to mathematics and other groups that do not start with the letter “m,” there is no shortage of groups in which to take part. But with so few students to fill out the ranks of these groups, the students begin to overbook themselves. My schedule is just one example of the busy life a student here may lead. Ask anyone on campus and you will find that I am not even remotely the only person leading such an interesting life here.

While I do truly think that we need to be involved and show our wide range of interests (especially those looking at grad schools, where they will finally have an easier work load), these chaotic schedules seem to be getting a little out of hand. When do we get a chance to have some fun? Or, more importantly, when do we get to sleep? I suppose that’s what coffee’s for, right?

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