From the Editor’s Desk: Confessions of a lazy student
During the fall of my freshman year, one of my favorite bragging rights was that I could get dressed, take care of some basic hygiene needs, and be in my seat for an 8 a.m. class after only waking up at 7:50 a.m.
Of course, this was much easier when I lived in a residence hall and my classes were in a building on the same of campus. I didn’t move far away after my four consecutive semesters of housing, so as an upperclassman, a shuttle has taken me to my classes in buildings on the opposite side of campus.
As a resident student, you are also made to purchase a meal plan, which means eating lunch can take as few as 10 minutes, if your food takes no preparation.
I’ve also kept a block meal plan as an upperclassman so I don’t always have to make and bring my own lunch and snacks for breaks between studying and working on stories.
Towson prides itself on the convenience of being a student here. Study on the computers in our library! Exercise in our state-of-the-art gym! You don’t even have to leave campus to go to Starbucks, for pete’s sake!
As senioritis sets in for many of my friends (I, of course, have remained vigilant in my studies and extracurricular activities), I’ve begun to realize just how lazy a college student can be.
Here’s a typical day in my life: After waking up to the alarm on my phone, which also serves as an Internet connection, social networking and gaming device, a machine makes me coffee to ACTUALLY wake me up, or I can buy coffee from at least five different on-campus locations. Then a shuttle takes me literally from my door to the door of the building in which my classes are. When class is over, the same shuttle can pick me up and drop me off at my apartment again.
I spent my Spring Break in sunny Hilton Head, S.C., where the nearest beach, grocery store, shopping center, and a dozen restaurants are within walking distance. Instead, my boyfriend and I rode rented bikes to get around, something I hadn’t done since at least elementary school.
That much exercise for a lazy college student might seen daunting, but the feeling I got from speeding past palm-tree studded landscapes was unlike anything I’d recently experienced.
So when I saw that the University would be sponsoring a bike rental program, I was of course excited for a new opportunity to bike. Instead of walking to The Towerlight‘s office, I can bike to campus.
I can bike from the Union to class, from class to the grocery store, and from the grocery store back home. Not only can I forget the bus schedule, I’m going one step greener than public transportation.
And best of all, taking an initiative to curb one aspect of college laziness makes me want to curb others. I can get up early to make myself breakfast. I can’t play with my phone on a bike, so I’ll be spending less time on Twitter and more time exercising.
It almost makes senioritis acceptable.