Priorities

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
 
– Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken”
 

In my friend’s car on the way to grab something to eat after exams, I got a text from a friend, saying there was a party going on tonight. The first reaction of any college student is most likely a “hell yea” type of response, which was mine, until the thought of a pharmacy lab and pharmaceutics midterm on Monday and medicinal chemistry final on Friday dawned on me, and reality set in. At that point I was leaning more towards going.

“Why do parties get in the way of studying?” I asked my friend.

“Actually, it could be studying that gets in the way of partying,” my friend replied.

And that made me wonder. This phrase is pretty much all about priority, and now that I think about it I’m both happy and depressed at my response.

In a sense, I’m probably another step closer towards maturing, which deserves a pat on the back. But when? I guess during my break in between reading my lab manual and pharmaceutics textbook.

You know, I think Robert Frost knew what he was talking about, right down to the sigh.

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