In Time

Samantha Mathewson

Well it’s that time of year again where all of us arrive back on campus and the new comers embark on their first, and maybe most exciting or scariest, adventure to date. One thing we all have in common, regardless of what year we are, is we all realize summer is over.

Photo Provided by Samantha Mathewson

The funny thing about life is the amount of time we have. I don’t know if any of you have seen In Time, staring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, but it features this interesting concept where time is their form of currency instead of the paper we give value to today.

To citizens in this world a simple second can make the difference of a lifetime, where in ours a penny has little to no value anymore. So what would you do for an extra second? Whether it is on the beach down south during the vacation you took this summer or in your comfy bed, in your own room at home, I can image when you woke up for your first class of the semester you will be wishing you could close your eyes and rewind to that point in time.

There are a lot of things that can happen in a single minute, but the bottom line is that time can not be stored, or saved for later, made up, rewound, fast forward or even paused. Like money, we can’t just add more hours to the day, or the value of it would be lost. There are only 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 52 weeks, 12 months or 365 days in a year, no matter how you look at it.

The only thing we can do is live in the moment, enjoy it, and make the most of it. Ask yourself what is worth more, time or money? Basically, it all comes down to how you spend it, so take advantage of every second for all its worth, because while we don’t exchange minuets for a cup of coffee, we sometimes waste seconds regretting something that has already happened and can’t be changed.

Enjoy the time you have at UNH, take a couple extra minutes to look over your test or homework before you hand it in, meet new people and enjoy time spent with them, get involved around campus, and instead of sleeping the day away, go on an adventure in this new found place we all call home for nine months of the year.

Even though you are in a rush to reach the ultimate goal and get out of here with a diploma in your hand, you will never get these years back. We can’t live in a single moment forever, nor can we speed up to graduation, which may seem like a really far destination, but with patience time will fly, and before you know it summer will be back again and you will be wishing it was today instead.