Dear Diana: Enough Goggles Already!

Dear Diana,

So I have this problem. Chemistry has taken over my life. It’s all I think about. I have no time to do other things because I’m constantly studying for chemistry, trying to do well and get good grades. Even the jokes I make are chemistry related. For instance: gold walks into a bar and the bartender says, A U get out of the bar! How can I find a good balance between getting good grades and having a social life?


Enough Goggles Already!


Dear Enough Goggles Already,

Acknowledgement is the first step to solving a problem. The fact that you know it is not natural for Chemistry to be the focus of your life is definitely a step in the right direction.

What I would suggest is that you find friends who have a similar obsession with Chemistry. Find someone in your class whom you think you would get along with and ask them to study with you. Invite a whole bunch of people and make a party out of it! This way you will be productive by studying for Chemistry and being social in the process. Who knows? You may discover a best friend or even a boyfriend while balancing some tough equations together.

While I find your problem to be humorous and light-hearted I do think it is related to a broader issue on campus that needs to be addressed. This is the fact that many students become so involved with their schoolwork, such as Chemistry, that they completely disregard their social life. They don’t even socialize at meals and instead choose to take their food “to go” so they can do work while eating. We are all fortunate enough to attend an excellent university that provides a stellar and rigorous education. However, this does not mean you need to kill yourself over schoolwork.

College is meant to be both socially and academically rewarding. This is supposed to be the best time of our life! But, when I look at those who spend their days camped out in Butler, I pray for them that these are not the best days of their life. I hope that they will be much more social in the future and realize that it is not all about getting that A. When we look back on our college experience, don’t we want to know that while we may not have a perfect grade point average, we tried our hardest and created memories with friends that will last a lifetime? Or do we want to look back and think we had absolutely no social life or excitement in college but we received that A in Chemistry? Think about it.

Anyways, good luck Enough Goggles Already! I am confident that with the proper motivation you will be able to balance your life accordingly to have a proper social life and enough time to concentrate on your Chemistry homework.




6 thoughts on “Dear Diana: Enough Goggles Already!

  1. Socializing is not the answer. Do you think when you become a doctor and have a family youll have time to socialize? Hit the books hard and if it seems too much for you then find an easier subject where you will have more time to enjoy other things. The farther on in life the busier you will be and the more stress you will have in life. College is an important time for learning to deal with that stress and figuring out how much you can handle

  2. Exactly. College is about figuring out how much you can handle so that you can have a social life as well. Life is not meant to be all work and no play. And yes I do believe you will have time to socialize when you become a doctor and have a family. Either way, socializing with family is still socializing…

  3. I gotta say, I sure as hell hope college isn't the best part of yours or mine or anyone's life. If you peak before you even hit your mid-twenties, that's not much of a life.

  4. fact is, you want different things at different points in your life. not to say that these are the best years of your life, but i don't think you'll want to be ragin' in your forties. you're only young once.

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