Editorial: Take a breath as the semester begins

Editorial Board

When The Observer publishes editorials during the middle of a semester, they often consist of comments like: “We are stressed. We are overworked and overwhelmed. We are miserable. We hate everything and everyone, and our university’s administration needs to do more.” However, as we begin a new academic year, let’s not think about our impending doom; instead, let’s enjoy ourselves in these moments before the draining responsibilities and commitments truly come into full force. 

At the beginning of the semester, it’s easy to stress about the future, especially with graduate school entrance tests, internship and job applications, classes and extracurriculars to worry about. However, no matter what is weighing on your mind, perhaps consider that the cliche “things will work out” might actually have some merit to it. Overstressing about the future is a bit pointless when you’re doing all you can to ensure success. It’s not worth worrying about things out of our control when our current lives are passing us by. Of course, it’s easy to tell others to “live in the moment and don’t stress,” but harder to actually follow through with it. However, one thing we can do is enjoy the little things and the time we have at our beloved Case Western Reserve University. 

That being said, this appreciation may become more difficult as the semester continues, the weather gets colder and the sun sets earlier. Drowning in anguish is all too common during these times—we are very much guilty of it ourselves. There seemingly isn’t room to actually enjoy ourselves. We may socialize and go out on the weekends, but what about when we are writing that 10 page paper, studying for a big exam or even just having a bad day? It can be difficult to maintain any level of joy. But what if we try to change that? Again, it’s easier said than done; however, we can make the conscious decision to take a breath and find beauty in the little things, even when it seems impossible. 

While this positivity of ours may be a result of the sunny weather and lack of classes—and may not persist in the coming months—it’s important to start off with a good mindset. As we prepare for a new semester, let this be a reminder to make an effort to savor the happy things. And hopefully, when it’s midterms season and it’s time to break out that winter jacket, there will be an editorial not only voicing and empathizing with your suffering, but one that reminds you of the beauty around us all.