Temi Ogunnoiki

Confessions of an Over-committer

Last semester, I felt I had finally settled in at Calvin College. I had found out what was across the Beltline, gotten a job and figured out that b-quiv actually stands for "breakfast equivalency" (a chance to get an evening snack in place of a meal on your meal plan). If you didn't know, now you know. You're welcome. 

Feeling comfortable, I decided I should branch out and join a few organizations. "A few," I told myself. I applied for a number of organizations. Even though I knew I had applied to more organizations than I could balance being a part of, I also doubted my ability to be accepted into all the things I applied for. To my surprise, I did get accepted, and I didn't refuse any offers! But like Michelle in Full House kept reminding me...

     

So, I went ahead and committed to three jobs, three leadership opportunities, 17 credit classes (which felt more like 20) and a whole lot of friends. Now how am I surviving? Only God can answer that.

I still didn't believe I was over-committing until I viewed all the symptoms:

  1. The word NO didn't exist in my vocabulary:  I checked for myself:
    "When you nod your head yes
    But you wanna say no
    What do you mean? Hey-ey"            
    Well, I tried pronouncing the word (which might be new to you): /noʊ/  It's not as hard as I thought, and I found it's okay to say no sometimes.
  2. Professional multitasking: Ever heard of professional multitasking? It's what I do best, and should be evident on my resume! 
  3. Social life?: And I replied, "What is that?" and, "Where can I get one?" "I sleep for fun" "... Okay, I guess that equals no social life."
  4. My planner, my partner: I can't even fathom how my day would go without my planner. We formed a special bond; I'd probably be lost without it. And yes, I have tons of scribbles in my planner; it helps keep me on track.
  5. Where can I buy time?: No matter how much I try, there never seems to be enough time in a day. Despite that, I never forget to sleep. 
  6. I always need more sleep: I can assure you I'm not sleep deprived, but no matter what, I still always feel like I need more sleep!
  7. FUN: However much the commitment, there's still an exciting feeling that keeps you going! I'm not sure if it's the coffee or the chocolate. I will probably keep being involved and enjoy the life moments!
Me learning how to say no!

Me learning how to say no!

Me multitasking: professional style.

Me multitasking: professional style.

Confessions of an over-committer.

Confessions of an over-committer.

-Temi