Distance running, homework, student newspaper, work, friends—how am I going to do it all? I asked myself this question—among many others—the summer before my freshman year. I was concerned with being ‘too busy’; I was afraid of being overwhelmed. Thanks to scheduling, balance and a hefty dose of motivation, I’ve participated in everything I’ve wanted to do at North Central. The first two years of college have been the busiest, most hectic, most exciting years of my life—and I love it. Here is my typical North Central day:
6 a.m. I wake up, slip on my running gear and leave my dorm—whether it’s sunny, raining or freezing cold—to meet my teammates at the corner of Brainard St. and Chicago Ave. for our morning run. “Good morning, boys!” yells coach Al Carius as we run by, a great source of motivation.
8 a.m. - noon Work and classes occupy my mornings. Some days I go to the Office of Marketing and Communications to write stories for North Central’s website. Other days, I’m discussing a novel in a literature class or crafting a press release in a newswriting course. Whatever I’m doing, I like to keep a coffee in hand.
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. I’m fortunate to be the assistant sports editor of The Chronicle, our student newspaper. I meet and interview people for the upcoming issue—this is one of my favorite things to do! The afternoon is also great for writing English papers.
3 p.m. This is the best time of day: cross country or track practice. It’s time to burn energy, have fun and get ready for competition.
6 - 8 p.m. After grabbing dinner—from Kaufman Dining Hall, The Cage or downtown Naperville—I work on my homework alone or with friends.
8 - 11 p.m. I use this time to read textbooks and write papers, but sometimes there’s time for a date, a ping pong tournament, or a hypnotist visiting campus—there’s always something to do. After some relaxation, I can go to bed and recharge for morning practice! It’s full, it’s chaotic—but life at North Central is always fulfilling and fun.
By Troy Kelleher
English Journalism major, All-American distance runner