Why I Stopped Studying and Started Writing

And how I found what’s important to me

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Don’t get me wrong — school is important, but I don’t want to give 100% anymore. I still want to pass, but I’m done spending my afternoons studying.

I want to write.

I can’t do both at the same time — there are only 24 hours in a day. I didn’t completely give up on school — I need to maintain my scholarship qualifications — but instead of burying my head inside a textbook all week, I write.

There’s always a trade-off in life, especially when it comes to time. Think of it as an opportunity cost. In my case, it’s studying versus writing.

We have things in life we’d rather be doing. At what point does one become more important than the other? I had my reasons for giving up perfect grades to write instead.

I need a creative outlet

I would always call myself a “numbers guy,” and I felt like that prevented me from picking up any creative task. Writing was the first creative outlet I found that I was comfortable with.

When I was spending all my time studying, I didn’t have time to do anything creative — like write. I had to give up certain things that were taking up my time.

I know school is important, but where is the creativity? I’m an IT major — not much creative about that. Having a creative outlet and a way to express myself became more important than any test grade.

I want to find myself

The more I write, the more I find out about myself. I can figure out what I like and don’t like and how I think about certain situations.

Once I was able to start writing and get into the habit of it, it began to help me find myself. I’ll never find myself if I’m buried in a textbook. College isn’t set up that way.

I didn’t realize how important writing would be in helping me discover what makes me unique. How am I supposed to find myself if I’m spending 10 hours per week studying statistics?

I have different priorities now

I’ve been in college for almost three years, and my priorities are starting to change. I’m growing up, and I don’t want the same things I did a few years ago.

Getting 100% on a midterm isn’t important to me anymore. Instead of spending ten hours studying per week, I want to spend ten hours writing. I can’t completely give up studying, but don’t expect me to put much effort into it. The benefits I get from writing outweigh studying. I’d rather get lower grades if that means I can do more of what makes me happy.

I’m not one to fail, but I’m also one to not waste time. College is wasting my time, and I’d rather spend it doing what I love.

Final thoughts

I’m entering my last year of college, and I’m at the “C’s get degrees” point. College just doesn’t feel as useful to me anymore. Maybe it’s senioritis. Writing is so much fun; I can’t be bothered with school.

Sometimes, things in our lives take up our time and distract us from doing what makes us happy. For me, studying was taking up too much of my day, and I couldn’t write at all.

Of course, I can’t have both. I can write every day or study every day, and I’ve made my choice. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices if we want to do what makes us happy.

Just a college kid trying to make it. IT nerd. I like talking about life, personal finance, and mental health. Say hi! -> ryan@ryanfulton.co

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